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The Role of Saliva

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If you’ve ever been in a children’s play or been to one, you know that every kid gets a role. Some might be a singing mushroom, while others are the lead. The point is, though, that some roles seem more important than others.

That’s what a lot of people think about saliva. There’s more to it than you’d expect, though. It’s far from being a singing mushroom. In fact, it’s one of the most important aspects of your oral health.

What does it do?
The key tasks saliva carries out include producing enamel-protecting elements and breaking food down to give it taste. Saliva is so effective at producing enamel that you’ll likely hear from a dentist to eat foods that enhance saliva production. Dr. Fahad Javed can give you a comprehensive list of foods that achieve this exact task.

Why is it important?
Saliva is important because it helps protect your teeth from infection and decay. When you get your check up here at Keystone Dental Group in Indianapolis, Indiana, that’s what our team is looking for – infection and decay. Not finding any is obviously the desired outcome.

Saliva helps your enamel remain strong, and that’s key to stopping tooth decay. Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth that surround the living bundles of nerves and blood vessels that make your teeth truly alive.

It may not seem important on the surface, but saliva plays a vital role in your oral health. If you’d like to know more or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 317-222-4102.