Hello, we are Drs. Pranee White and J. Scott White, and we want to welcome you to our Midlothian dental blog. Our dental practice, White & White, wants to help our Bon Air, Powhatan, and Wyndham patients to be knowledgeable about oral health issues.
Today we are going to discuss the complexity and importance of your saliva. This typically yucky substance is, in reality, a finely balanced body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food. So, without further adieu, here are the main components of saliva.
1. Water. No surprise here! You saliva consists mostly of water.
2. Enzymes. Enzymes are essential biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
3. Immunoproteins. These are strong 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 Richmond 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 talk to your Midlothian dentist if you are experiencing this.
If you are in the Bon Air, Powhatan, or Wyndham area and are in search of quality dental care, please call our office today at 804-302-5592. Our relaxing staff would be happy to talk to you about our successful services, which include:
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Drs. J. Scott White and Pranee White
White & White
1690 Huguenot Rd