Hello, my name is Dr. Gordon West and I want to welcome you to my Lafayette dental blog. My dental practice, Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, wants to help our Boulder County, Louisville, and Broomfield 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 balance 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 vital biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
3. Immunoproteins. These are vigorous 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 Boulder 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 Lafayette dentist if you are experiencing this.
If you are in the Boulder County, Louisville, or Broomfield area and are in search of quality dental care, please call my office today at 720-862-3630. Our state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment staff would be happy to talk to you about our popular services, which include:
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Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201