Our bodies are pretty amazing, and one of the more awe-inspiring things it does is creating antibodies that fight against infections. Whether it’s your white blood cells or an immunity to a certain disease, it’s great to know how much our bodies are capable of.
One thing we overlook on a regular basis, though, is how much saliva does for your health. And it’s not just oral health, but systemic health as well. To learn more about how this all works, read the rest of this blog post.
What does it do?
The key tasks saliva carries out include producing enamel-protecting elements, and breaking food down to give it taste. Saliva is so effective at producing enamel that you’ll likely hear from a dentist to eat foods that enhance saliva production. Dr. Tracy Jenkins can give you a comprehensive list of foods that achieve this exact task.
Why is it important?
Saliva is important because it helps protect your teeth from infection and decay. When you get your check up here at Discover Family Dental in Blackfoot, Idaho, that’s what our team is looking for – infection and decay. Not finding any is obviously the desired outcome.
Saliva helps your enamel remain strong, and that’s key to stopping tooth decay. Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth that surround the living bundles of nerves and blood vessels that make your teeth truly alive.
It may not seem important on the surface, but saliva plays a vital role in your oral health. If you’d like to know more, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 208-785-0878.