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Did you know that a radiant, healthy smile depends not only on healthy teeth and gums, but on a healthy oral environment that protects your oral tissues and keeps your mouth functioning smoothly?

Along with daily brushing and flossing, and regular professional dental cleanings, optimal saliva levels create a comfortable, protective environment for healthy teeth and gums. This clear, protective fluid travels through tubes in the mouth (salivary ducts) from the salivary glands.

When saliva your salivary glands are not functioning properly, you can develop a condition called, xerostomia, or dry mouth. Dry mouth causes the oral tissues—the gums and tongue–to swell which and causing discomfort. In such a dry environment, germs will proliferate and cause bad breath. Consistent dry mouth also makes you prone to tooth decay and gum disease.

Saliva not only protects tooth enamel with its proteins and minerals, but it works to prevent cavities and gum disease. It keeps your mouth moist and comfortable, helping you to chew, taste, and swallow your food without pain. It works to help keep dental appliances in place, such as dentures, so that they don’t slide around when you talk or chew. And because it fights germs in the mouth, it makes your breath smell better.

Three Steps You Can Take:

  • To make sure your salivary glands produce healthy levels of saliva, you will want to make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Limit your consumption of diuretic liquids such as coffee, tea, alcohol, and caffeinated soda.
  • Chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless to stimulate healthy saliva production levels.

By taking good care of your oral health—eating healthy, staying hydrated, brushing and flossing daily, and seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings, you will be rewarded by a healthy radiant smile! To schedule your next visit with one of our dedicated dentists, Dr. Mary Rostami and Dr. Azita Emami, please call our Basking Ridge Dental Group team in Basking Ridge, New Jersey at 908-509-4428 today.