In this blog post from Vitangeli Dental in Englewood OH, we are going to discuss the complexity and importance of your saliva. This typically yucky substance is, in reality, a finely balance body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food. So, without further ado, here are the main components of saliva.
- Water. No surprise here! You saliva consists mostly of water.
- Enzymes. Enzymes are critical biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
- Immunoproteins. These are powerful cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.
- Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.
Most of us produce enough saliva, but some suffer from a condition known as dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be harmful to your dental health, so be sure to speak with us if you are experiencing this.
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