Hi. I’m Dr. Gordon West. Welcome to my Lafayette, CO dental blog. Today we’ll be looking at the complexity and importance of your saliva. Though most people in the Lafayette, CO areas may think it’s gross, saliva is essential to dental health as well as digestion.
Saliva is mostly water, but a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a key factor in the development of cavities and other forms of tooth decay.
The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gum disease.
Now that Lafayette, CO residents know how important saliva is to dental health, I’m sure you can see why ample salivary flow should concern you. For most of my Lafayette, CO patients, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands to release saliva. However, dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health complications occur.
If you are in the Lafayette, CO area and are looking for quality dental care, please contact my office today at 303-665-5335. We have been providing general, cosmetic and sedation dentistry in Lafayette, CO since 1998.
Our state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment staff would be happy to talk to you about porcelain veneers, dental implants, prepless veneers, dental crowns, and the other services we provide to our valued patients.
Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201