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Saliva supports good oral hygiene and your overall health. If you’ve ever had chronic dry mouth, you’ll understand just how many detrimental medical concerns come up without enough moisture in your mouth.

The salivary glands make this important concoction while the ducts in your mouth dutifully wash the saliva around, keeping it well lubricated. These glands go berserk when you eat. Smelling food, or even just thinking about it boosts saliva production tenfold.

Healthy Mouth and Teeth:

In terms of dental health, saliva defends against tooth decay and gum disease:

– Saliva eradicates bacteria in the mouth because it is antimicrobial.
– Saliva on the teeth saves the enamel from acids and bacteria.
– Saliva carries away food particles that cause tooth decay.
– Minerals in saliva rebuild enamel surfaces on teeth.
– Enzymes in saliva aid digestion and make it easier to swallow.
– Saliva creates the lubrication critical for speech.
– Saliva helps to keep breath fresh.

Sufficient Saliva:

The dental terminology for insufficient saliva is xerostomia, also called or “dry mouth”. Several health problems and some types of medications can cause xerostomia and when you are not salivating properly the below problems arise:

– Feeling of thirst and bothersome parched feeling in the mouth.
– Many forms of gum disease.
– Tooth decay
– Bacterial infections, yeast and fungus.
– Digestion issues
– Swallowing problems

Then What?

– Drink more water. Don’t become dehydrated.
– Review the medications you take with your doctor.
– Activate your glands by sucking on candy or chewing gum.
– Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.
– Pass up foods that dry out your mouth—anything spicy, salty, or acidic.
– Artificial saliva spray can be prescribed by your dentist here in Chincoteague, VA, and the Eastern Shore of VA.

If you believe you have poor saliva production, our dental professionals would be happy to discuss it with you. Please contact Morrison Dental Group to make an appointment at 757-336-1260, or come by if you are in the Chincoteague, VA, or the Eastern Shore of VA areas.