Saliva is a complex fluid which performs many different tasks. Produced by salivary glands in our mouths, it is a natural cleanser, helping to wash away food remnants, bacteria and plaque.
It helps to neutralise acids which can be harmful to our teeth, and forms a protective barrier on the outer layer of our teeth.
It also lends a hand in counteracting infections and makes bacteria less likely to stick to our teeth and gums. It lubricates our tongue, mouth and throat, making it easy to eat, swallow,talk and breathe. It also supplies us with calcium and phosphate which help to keep our teeth strong and healthy.
Unfortunately as the years take over our saliva production may slow down, which can eventually lead to Dry Mouth Syndrome and the common problem which comes with it is sore throat and difficulty in swallowing or speaking.
Treatment can vary according to the severity and cause of the condition. Regular sips of water can help, so can chewing sugar-free gum or low calorie sugar-free foods such as celery or carrots.
If you suffer from a dry mouth, please talk to us next time you visit so we can discuss the best way of helping you