Growing up, we are taught that the way to keeping your smile pretty is to brush and floss every day. What we didn’t know was that we are naturally given a tooth decaying weapon – saliva.
Tooth decay is something that happens when bacteria feeds off the sugars we are consuming through food and drink. This plaque latches on to your teeth and begins to eat through the enamel on your teeth. When the saliva glands are activated in our mouths, it actually helps rinse off the bacteria naturally.
Every meal you eat, every snack you nosh on, every piece of bubble gum you chew is all helping to create the saliva that fights against germs and bad breath. But keep in mind, it takes 20 minutes for sugar to be cleared from your mouth after its consumption. The more often you are chewing on something sugary, the more often you are exposing your teeth to more bacteria, so keep the munching less sugary and more healthy. Sugar-free gum & candy is great, but so is a handy bottle of water. Keeping a nice balance will not only get those salivary glands working, but will also help out the cause when you don’t have a toothbrush handy.
Saliva is your mouth’s first line of defense when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy. It is nature’s disinfecting cavity fighter. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your teeth healthy, both at home and when visiting your Castro Valley dental professional.
Contact Creative Dimensions Dentistry in Castro Valley, CA at 510-881-8010 to schedule an appointment for a checkup today.
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