When I see someone spitting, I get completely grossed out. I understand that you want to discard the excess in your mouth, but it is not something anyone wants to see. But do you know why we have saliva at all? More importantly, is it even necessary to have it? The answer is yes.
We know saliva moistens our mouths and helps us digest food, but you’d be surprised to know that saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. And what causes us to create saliva? Chewing. Every meal and every snack you eat, every piece of bubble gum you chew is all helping to create the saliva that fights against germs and bad breath.
Unfortunately, there are some conditions that prevent a healthy amount of saliva to produce in our mouths. Certain medications or diseases can also affect the way your body produces saliva. Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is more likely to develop conditions like rapid tooth decay, gum disease, cavities or even bad breath. This may be able to be cured naturally by drinking lots of water and chewing on sugar-free gum or candy, but you should consult a medical professional, in case it is preventable.
Saliva is your mouth’s first line of defense when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy. It is nature’s disinfecting cavity fighter. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your teeth healthy, both at home and when visiting a dental professional.
To learn more about the health benefits of saliva, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.