The Importance of Saliva

Saliva is produced by three pairs of the major salivary glands in addition to hundreds of very small accessory glands found within the oral tissues. Saliva is made up of mostly water but is also made up of enzymes, proteins, mucous, and minerals.

Saliva performs many important functions:

  • Lubricates food to allow for easier swallowing
  • Protects teeth from getting decayed by washing debris from the teeth and gums
  • Makes it easy to speak
  • Protects the oral cavity from infections from bacteria, viruses, and yeasts
  • Saliva performs a pre-digestive process whereby the beginning stages of food digestions take place in the mouth due to the actions by salivary enzymes.
  • Saliva helps neutralize acids in the mouth

Common substances that can worsen a xerostomia condition

  • Tobacco
  • Acidic foods
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Alcohol based mouth rinses
  • Foods with high sugar content
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Caffeine
  • Hot food
  • Spicy foods
  • Numerous prescription medications

Common Symptoms of Xerostomia

  • Sores or cracks at the corners of the mouth
  • Constant need to sip water
  • Difficulty eating dry foods
  • Having one’s sleep interrupted at night to drink water
  • Burning sensation in the tongue or oral tissues
  • Difficulty wearing a full or upper denture due to a lack of saliva to assist in retention
  • An altered sense of taste
  • Difficulties in speaking and or swallowing
  • Increasing frequency of decay near the gum line of the teeth

Treat Xerostima and Halitosis at the Center for Breath Treatment

You don’t have to suffer from chronic bad breath, dry mouth and throat conditions that make you feel embarrassed and afraid to smile. There are plenty of solutions available at the Center for Breath Treatment.  Simply contact us to schedule an appointment or shop at our online store today.

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