Saliva isn’t just there to ensure that you don’t get cotton mouth. In fact, your saliva works as one of your mouth’s number one defenses against plaque and tartar build-up. By helping to wash away bacteria in your mouth from food, beverages, or even just the air around you, saliva can save you from a trip to the dentist. From chewing more sugar free gum to drinking more water throughout the day, this article will discuss a few of the ways that you can increase your saliva production.
Although that pack of sugar-filled bubble gum may be calling your name while at the gas station, that will only cause you to get cavities. However, there are several different flavors and brands of sugar-free gum available that will give you the options that you desire. By chewing gum throughout the day, you can help to encourage the production of saliva in your mouth. Additionally, sugar-free gum will also help to pick up any excess food lingering on your teeth which will prevent against cavities.
The best thing you can do for your body and your mouth is to drink water consistently throughout the day. And, drinking water will help to encourage your mouth’s natural production of saliva which will aid against things such as plaque buildup and cavities. As a suggestion, carry around a reusable bottle of water with you throughout the day— this will also act as a friendly reminder for you to continue to drink.
Avoid Too Much Alcohol
If you have ever been intoxicated, then you know just how dry your mouth can get and how thirsty you can feel afterwards. Alcohol will actually dehydrate your body and can leave your mouth feeling a bit dryer than usual. In order to avoid this feeling, avoid drinking too much alcohol.
Your salivary glands play a large role in your overall dental health. To learn more about your dental health and how you can increase it, contact Dr. Nik Zalavadia today!