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Interesting Facts about Saliva

Posted on 5/10/2016 by Fady Ebid
A man yawing and showing his saliva covered tongue.Saliva plays an important role in your mouth, but how much do you know about it?

Check out these interesting facts to expand your salivary knowledge base.

Saliva is Needed for Taste

Have you ever noticed that when your mouth is dried out it is harder to taste things? This is because the chemicals in your food need saliva in order to dissolve so that your taste buds can detect them.

A Vast Majority of Your Saliva Consists of Water

In fact, up to 99% of saliva is composed of water, making it crucial that you stay hydrated. Added to the water are enzymes that help to break down your food along with buffers to keep the pH level balanced. All of these ingredients keep your mouth healthy.

Saliva Keeps Acidity in Your Mouth at a Minimum

If you often drink highly acidic beverages like soda or citrus juice, you'll be happy to have an adequate supply of saliva. Saliva helps to keep your mouth alkaline in order to protect your teeth. Even if you vomit, it will reduce the acidity so that the enamel your teeth doesn't begin to erode.

Your Saliva is the First Step in the Digestive Process

As previously noted, your saliva is full of digestive enzymes so that it can soften hard molecules and food particles before you swallow it. Along with lubricating food so that you can swallow it easier, this fact helps with the digestive process.

There Are Six Salivary Glands

You have six salivary glands that work to create about two liters of saliva each day. There are two of each type of salivary glands, including the parotid, submaxillary, and sublingual, and they work together to keep your mouth from drying out.

Do you suffer from dry mouth and a lack of saliva? If so, contact our office about possible treatment options.

Preparing For Your Visit
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve full dental health. We ask that you complete your Patient Forms a minimum of two days prior to your scheduled appointment with Lake Pointe Dental - Marietta. This allows our front office team to fully prepare your dental insurance benefits for a comprehensive consultation.

Questions? Please feel welcome to call or email us for assistance.

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