woman with moistened lipsIs there a point to having so much saliva in your mouth? Is it really a big deal when your mouth gets really dry? The truth is, yes, there is a very important point to all of that saliva, and yes, dry mouth is also a problem. Your saliva is very important. It plays a very important role in the overall health of your mouth. If you do not have enough saliva, it can negatively impact the overall health of your mouth as well. Here are some important things to know about your saliva and why you need it.

What Is Saliva Good For?

The first thing your saliva is good for, is simply to keep your mouth moist. This helps the tissues of your mouth move around without tearing or discomfort. If you do not have enough saliva in your mouth, when you go to chew or speak, it could be painful. Next, your saliva helps to break down your food. It moisturizes your food, which makes it break down more easily. This allows you to swallow it easier, and it starts the digestion process. As the saliva is breaking down your food, it is also clearing some of the debris from your teeth. It washes over your teeth and rinses the areas between teeth and against the gums. This allows your teeth to be cleaner after eating than they would be without the saliva.

Now, your saliva also helps when you are not eating. When it washes over your mouth between meals, it is helping to restore nutrients to your mouth. When you eat and brush, you lose some of the minerals and nutrients from your teeth. Your saliva helps to replace these. Your teeth have tiny holes in them, which is where the nutrients come from. The more saliva washes over them, the more nutrients get restored and the less likely you are to face cavities and tooth loss. Saliva also helps to keep your gums moist and healthy. If you go without enough moisture on your gums, they are likely to suffer the consequences.

What Happens If You Do Not Have Enough Saliva?

Saliva is one of the main things that keeps your gums healthy. If you have too little saliva, you are far more likely to struggle with gum disease. That can lead to pain, gum recession, and it can even lead all the way to tooth loss. Your teeth are far more likely to develop cavities if you do not have saliva cleaning them off regularly after each meal. This happens even if you are very careful about maintaining your oral hygiene routines. If you are to the point of having dentures, your saliva still plays an important role in keeping your mouth healthy. The saliva is part of the suction your mouth needs to keep your dentures in place. The more your dentures slide around, the more likely you are to struggle with pain from denture sores.

Call Us if You Struggle with Dry Mouth

When dry mouth becomes a problem, call us. We can help you figure out the cause of your dry mouth and work with you to figure out ways of treating the problem before it can cause problems with your teeth or gums. There are medications that can lead to dry mouth, just like there are ailments that can come as a result of dry mouth. Let us help you get the problem under control before it damages your mouth. The sooner we begin the process of treating your dry mouth, the easier the problem will be to treat and the more effective your treatment will be.