Hello, my name is Dr. David C. Montz and I want to welcome you to my Pearland dental blog. My dental practice, David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, wants to help our Friendswood, Alvin, and Manvel 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 essential biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
3. Immunoproteins. These are strong 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 Houston dental patients produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be detrimental to your dental health, so be sure to speak with your Pearland dentist if you are experiencing this.
If you are in the Friendswood, Alvin, or Manvel area and are in search of quality dental care, please call my office today at 832-895-5120. Our friendly staff would be happy to talk to you about our well-liked services, which include:
CEREC dental crowns
Dr. David C. Montz
David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry
2443 S Galveston Ave