What Does Saliva Do?

Why is Saliva so Important?

Baby saliva is just as important as adult saliva, even if they have no teethSaliva is important because it plays a vital role in maintaining your oral health. It helps to build and maintain both the soft and hard tissues in your mouth. When you have a reduced flow of saliva, you can suffer from oral health problems, such as tooth decay or oral infections.

What is Saliva?

Did you know that saliva is derived from blood? That’s right, saliva acts as the bloodstream in your mouth. Pretty cool right?

How to Stimulate Saliva Flow

One of the best ways to stimulate the flow of saliva in your mouth is chewing. This is because it causes the muscles to compress the salivary glands, which in turn releases saliva.

What Exactly Does Saliva Do?

Saliva accomplishes a lot of things, but the four main things saliva does is:

  • It helps to moisten and break down food. This allows you to swallow more easily and it enhances your ability to taste.
  • Saliva provides high levels of calcuim, fluoride and phosphate ions at your tooth’s surface, this helps to strengthen your teeth.
  • It washes away food and debris from your teeth and gums.
  • Helps prevent cavities and oral infections