Hello, my name is Dr. Stephen Ratcliff and I want to welcome you to my Arlington dental blog. My dental practice, Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, wants to help our Mansfield TX, Bentley Village, and Cook’s Meadow 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 balanced body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food. So, without further ado, 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 dynamic 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 Fort Worth dental patients produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be harmful to your dental health, so be sure to speak with your Arlington dentist if you are experiencing this.
If you are in the Mansfield TX, Bentley Village, or Cook’s Meadow area and are in search of quality dental care, please call my office today at 817-200-7323. Our warm and friendly staff would be happy to talk to you about our well-liked services, which include:
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Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St