This post explores the importance of saliva. Though most people may think it’s gross, the dentists at Town Dental Group in Mint Hill remind you that saliva is critical for dental health.

Saliva is mostly water, but a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The prime pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a critical factor for preventing cavities.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel of the teeth. Its immunoproteins curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

For most people, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate the salivary glands. But some cope with dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health troubles occur.

Town Dental Group in Mint Hill can help patients with dry mouth. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and have evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Make an appointment with us today.