Saliva is the fluid in your mouth that does many amazing things for your mouth and overall health. It’s derived from blood plasma and similar to blood, it builds and maintains the health of soft and hard tissues in your mouth and throat. When you don’t produce enough saliva, it can create several oral health problems like tooth decay and other oral infections.
Saliva is made up of 99 per cent water and one per cent other important compounds such as:
Saliva is crucial because it:
Chewing is the most efficient way to stimulate salivary flow as it causes muscles to compress the salivary glands and release saliva. We suggest chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless hard candy to stimulate your salivary glands. Avoiding artificial sweeteners can be a difficult feat; however, products which contain xylitol are more natural and can even assist in fighting bacteria. We have some products available in the Garden City office which stimulate salivary flow and help protect the teeth when you’re unable to produce enough saliva to do the job.
Because saliva is so important, you should consult your dentist if you’re suffering from dry mouth. Our dentists at Dental Image Therapy Centres can give you professional advice to increase your saliva flow as well as help prevent any serious problems from developing, like tooth decay. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today or visit us at our Winnipeg dental clinics located in Garden City Shopping Centre and St. Vital Centre.
Maybe it's time for your and your family's regular checkup and cleaning, you have a toothache or you need to get your treatment plan going - whatever the reason, we're here to help you get your confident smile. Whether you're a new patient or a returning friend, we can't wait to see you at your next appointment at either of our Winnipeg clinics!Book Now