Although most people may not realize it, the saliva is an important part of the mouth's ecosystem. A mouth with properly-enriched saliva will be healthier and better able to withstand the various stressors that it encounters.
Saliva is a vital part of both digestion—by means of the enzymes it conveys—and tooth maintenance. The latter function includes the formation of enamel and reduction in the levels of harmful bacteria.
Your Saliva and Your Teeth
An average person produces roughly one liter of saliva during the course of any given day. The saliva helps repair and strengthen the teeth by providing necessary minerals. These minerals are utilized by the teeth in the repair and maintenance of enamel.
Ensuring that Your Saliva Contains Adequate Minerals Of course, your saliva must contain the minerals your teeth need in order to help them maintain their hardened outer coating. As such, it is vital to be sure that you are taking a few steps to assist in this matter.
To start, you should be sure to eat a balanced diet containing all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. When you do this, the body has a source of minerals from which the saliva may draw for its role in carrying the minerals to the teeth. If you do not feel that you are eating the correct foods, consider a dietary change. In addition, taking a good multivitamin supplement could help.
Second, you may want to consider using a high-quality mouth rinse to boost the levels of minerals in your mouth. People vary in the amount of saliva they produce; as such, dental health companies have created some very good mouth rinses that can help raise the levels of helpful compounds in your mouth. Consider using one of these.
If you have any questions about your saliva, or your oral health in general, please contact us. We're happy to help!