EVER THINK ABOUT HOW GREAT your saliva is? Probably not. We’d love to enlighten you! Saliva has an all-important role in your oral and digestive health.
Saliva Has Many Important Functions
Our bodies make two to four pints of saliva a day. That means that over a lifetime, a person will create enough saliva to fill two swimming pools! So, why is saliva important? Well, there’s more than one answer to that. Besides allowing us to give wet willies or make spit wads when we were kids, our saliva has many important functions.
First, saliva aids in digestion. It begins the process of breaking down food and helps us chew, taste and swallow. In fact, without our spit, we wouldn’t be able to taste [...]
GUM ISN’T ALL ABOUT freshening your breath. While it definitely helps after that garlic pasta you had for lunch, did you know chewing sugarless gum can also prevent cavities and improve your oral health?
Chewing Gum Increases Saliva Flow And Prevents Cavities
According to the American Dental Association, studies show that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after a meal can prevent tooth decay. The act of chewing increases saliva flow in your mouth. The saliva then washes away food and neutralizes acids, cleaning and protecting your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.
You’ll want to make sure your gum is sugar-free, however. While gum that contains sugar also increases saliva flow, the sugar actually feeds the bacteria in your mouth, putting you at greater risk of decay. We definitely don’t want that!
From Dr. Sample: My interest in orthodontics began at the age of 14 years old. I have a passion for art, science and helping people. I was amazed to find a profession that feed my soul in so many ways. When you improve a person’s smile, it changes their life…which in turn enriches mine. Orthodontics also gives me an opportunity to mentor our youth! Thank you to all of our patients for entrusting me with your precious asset, your SMILE!
From Holly (office manager): My job allows me to watch kids grow up in our practice. We start seeing some of our patients around age 6-7 and then begin treating them as teenagers. As these teenagers grow up and start families of their own, we are now treating their kids! This has allowed me to develop a close bond with our patients and their families which is a wonderful gift!
Soft drinks, including regular and diet soda pop, fruit drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks, weaken tooth enamel. They are even harder on teeth with orthodontic “appliances,” such as braces or aligners. It is recommended that you avoid soft drinks during your orthodontic treatment so that your teeth stay healthy and strong, and you finish your treatment with a good bite and a healthy, beautiful smile.