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Did You Know Your Teeth Gain Strength from Your Saliva?

Posted on 12/20/2018 by Freeman Dental Associates - Cohasset
Did You Know Your Teeth Gain Strength from Your Saliva?When it comes to optimal dental hygiene, no one thing keeps your teeth healthy and strong. There are a variety of things that contribute to your teeth's fortitude, durability and strength. You need to brush every single day, at least twice optimally.

Flossing helps to clear out food particles between teeth and stave off decay. You must regularly ingest a nutrient and vitamin rich diet to bolster the tooth's strength as well.

What you may not know is that the presence of saliva in your mouth is a very important element for teeth fortitude. Many people don't think about saliva. Or, they are grossed out about it. The truth is that without saliva, your teeth would not be able to do their job.

What Is Saliva?

Saliva is basically a derivative of your blood. In fact, saliva is sometimes called the circulatory bloodstream of the mouth. Most of your saliva is just water. A fractional part of saliva is composed of minerals, proteins, mucus, and the enzyme amylase. Saliva is created in salivary glands that are located throughout your mouth.

Anywhere from 2 to 4 pints of saliva is created by salivary glands every day. Most saliva is created when you chew food. However, your mouth also creates saliva when you smell food or even just think about your favorite meal.

Saliva's Teeth Strengthening Abilities

Healthy saliva ferries minerals and proteins from your body into the enamel in your teeth, strengthening them. Saliva cuts down on germs and bacteria that can cause gum disease. The teeth in your mouth are always covered by a thin layer of saliva to help protect them.

The most important job that your saliva does is to moisten and soften up food. Saliva-softened food ensures that your teeth don't break down from so much grinding and chewing.

Stay Hydrated

Drink water regularly. Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production. These activities will help you prevent dry mouth. Low levels of saliva over long periods will leave teeth vulnerable to disease and decay. Many things keep your teeth strong, but saliva does the lion's share of work to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
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