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The Valued Role of Saliva Old Greenwich, CT

The Valued Role of Saliva

Dentaal Patient Old Greenwich CT

Your spit does more than you think. The average person produces over 25,000 liters of saliva over the course of a lifetime! That’s enough spit to fill two swimming pools. You may not value your saliva in terms of your health, but it can actually plays some critical roles. Too little saliva (“dry mouth”) can be detrimental for your dental health, leaving you vulnerable to decay, bad breath and eating difficulties. Here are some ways that saliva contributes to both your oral health and overall health:

Digestion: Your spit aids in the initial stages of digestion by helping break down and dissolve food before you swallow.

Tasting: Proper moisture on your tongue allows your taste buds to remain active so that you can enjoy food flavors to their fullest.

Speaking and Eating: If you have ever experienced “cotton mouth,” then you understand how difficult it is to speak properly and chew your food if your mouth doesn’t have enough spit. Oral moisture is essential for eating and speaking.

Bad Breath Prevention: A dry mouth is a leading factor in patients with halitosis, or bad breath. Without proper amounts of saliva, bacteria is allowed to remain on the tongue and teeth, emitting foul sulfur compounds as it multiplies.

Cavity and Gum Disease Protection: Your saliva contains proteins and minerals that can safeguard your tooth enamel from harmful acids, bacteria and infection.

An Indicator of your Overall Health: Human saliva is 99.5% water. However, the remaining .5% of saliva’s makeup is gaining more and more attention. Recent research studies have found a positive link between certain bacteria in your saliva and both pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer. We may find that more medical conditions are tested with a sample of our spit.

Your spit is what allows you to remain comfortable and it naturally neutralizes acids and rinses away bacteria after you eat and drink. The next time you have extra saliva to swallow, be grateful for your body’s natural ability to protect your oral health. For more information on the role of saliva or how to treat dry mouth, contact Old Greenwich Dental Center.

Posted on behalf of Old Greenwich Dental

182 Sound Beach Ave
Old Greenwich, CT 06870

Phone: (203) 717-4544

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Remmy V.

I strongly recommend OG Dental for those looking for a new dentist or looking to switch. The front desk ladies were very welcoming, knowledgeable and helpful with scheduling and finances. My hygienist, Leah, and Dr. Busch were both great at educating me in the procedures/treatment plan I need to have done and the reasons why. I hadn't been to the dentist in years and the quality of care and attention was excellent! This office is beautiful, modern and also family friendly!

Jason C.

Everyone is amazing and friendly! Dr. Busch is a normal down to earth guy. The front desk team is always on their game. Danielle is the best hygienist going. So happy I found this group.

Jason D.

Awesome experience! Highly recommended! Staff is super friendly and cleaning was quick and enjoyable. Will be returning!

Mindy R.

I absolutely love my dental office. It is like visiting family when I go to an appointment. Everyone is so friendly and efficient. I would recommend this dental office to anyone and everyone I know or meet. Always a pleasure :)

Jeff S.

Talented, caring staff provides comprehensive care and an extensive network of other providers when need for special surgery arises.

Michael C.

I've been a patient of OGDA since 1988 and have been very pleased with the care I've gotten. The professionals and staff are all totally dedicated to the dental and overall health of their patients.

Warren W.

I have never been to a dental or medical office that was so welcoming and efficient my first visit went with ease. The receptionist knew who I was upon my entering the greeted me with the biggest smiles which was a great start. I then went on to meet the hygienist Kate who cleaned my teeth like never before she was very knowledgeable and made sure I was comfortable every step of the way, she then called the doctor in who was a really cool dude he spoke to me in dental language I can understand made sure before leaving I understood everything we discussed. I do need a few more visits, but I plan on now switching the rest of my family. Thank you Dr. Busch and Staff

Kaylen P.

It is rare to find a dentist who has excellent credentials, state of the art knowledge and equipment, and a responsive and caring staff. Dr. Busch and his support team accomplish this in an exemplary fashion. His care has been excellent in all ways. I would highly recommend his practice to anyone with dental issues.