Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Saliva

Categories: Dental Health

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At Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry we encourage our patients to come in twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning.  We also encourage our patients to be knowledgeable about oral health issues.

Let’s discuss saliva. This typically yucky substance is, in reality, a finely balance body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food.

But what’s in saliva?

  1. Water. No surprise here! Your saliva consists mostly of water.
  2. Enzymes. Enzymes are vital biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
  3. Immunoproteins. These are powerful cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.
  4. Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.

Most Beverly Hills dental patients produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be dangerous to your dental health, so be sure to speak with your Los Angeles dentist if you are experiencing this.

At Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles, we know how to keep our patients healthy. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry and can help you with your perfect smile. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:

310-277-5678

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
90067