Did You Know That Saliva Protects Teeth?
Find out how saliva can actually protect your smile from tooth decay.
While saliva isn’t exactly a topic of dinner conversation it certainly is a fascinating topic nonetheless. We don’t often recognize just how beneficial saliva is for a healthy smile but some researchers finally are giving it the credit it deserves. Along with seeing your Mill Creek family dentists Dr. Chad Slocum and Dr. Sara Lundgaard every six months for routine care find out how salivary production also does its part to protect your teeth against decay.
So, what’s so special about mucus? Well as some researchers just discovered the small part of saliva that doesn’t actually contain water contains salivary mucins instead. Salivary mucins are compounds that protect teeth from the damaging effects of Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria responsible for causing cavities.
Sure, you can turn to your Mill Creek family dentist for dental sealants and fluoride treatments to protect growing smiles from developing decay, but this study also suggests that perhaps just boosting your body’s defenses is one surefire way to keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free.
You might be wondering how salivary mucins protect teeth. The S. mutans bacteria cause decay by forming a sticky substance called a biofilm over the surface of the tooth. The bacterium will continue to grow under the biofilm, eating away at enamel and eventually causing cavities. While the compound found in saliva doesn’t actually kill bacteria it does keep it contained with a liquid, which renders it unable to create these nasty biofilms. This in turn means no cavities can form. Pretty neat, huh?
Of course, no matter how well your saliva takes care of your smile it’s still important to keep up with those six-month cleanings. Nothing feels as great as having your teeth professionally cleaned. If it’s time for your next visit call your Mill Creek dentist at Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry today.