Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Saliva, Spit, and Drool.

Whatever you call it the wet stuff in your mouth ( I will call it saliva),
is a very important part of your overall health.

Saliva is produced from 3 major glands in your mouth and plays two major roles in the body.

#1 Saliva helps to lubricate food before it goes down your throat
so that harder foods will not damage your insides on the way to the stomach.

#2 Saliva helps to wash harmful sugars and bacteria off of you teeth.

One of the most damaging things to your teeth is a dry mouth.
Dry teeth are dead teeth.
A dry mouth can be caused by a number of things.
The largest cause of dry mouth that I see is from medications.
Specifically heart regulating and mood altering medications
have the greatest effect but it can be any medication.

Dry mouth can also be brought on by age.
Just as your eyes aren't as moist as they used to be, so to
may your mouth begin to dry out over time.

If you feel like your mouth is drier then it used to be please contact
your dentist right away. There are things you can do to help.

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