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Saliva Has a Prominent Role in Dental Health

teeth, health, smile, dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthSaliva is critical to your dental health in preventing tooth decay and enamel erosion.

Understanding Tooth Decay

For many people, dental decay is about what is on the teeth. However, that is far from the truth since saliva plays a critical role in tooth decay and enamel erosion.

Saliva is central to the prevention of tooth enamel erosion and tooth decay since the teeth are living structures in the body. Acidic saliva poses a big threat to dental health. The quality of saliva has a role to play in preserving tooth enamel. Saliva that is too acidic will dissolve tooth enamel and create an environment for the harmful bacteria in the mouth. The longer that the mouth stays acidic means that the more the damage that happens to tooth enamel.

Research published in the Journal of Applied Oral Science tried to look at the role that saliva plays in the onset and development of dental erosion. Saliva plays a critical role in dental erosion. There are two roles: salivary flow helps to eliminate acids in the mouth through swallowing and through the buffering and neutralization of dietary acids.

Additionally, saliva is supersaturated with minerals such as calcium, phosphate and fluoride which are essential for the strength of tooth enamel. Saliva is therefore the biggest biological factor affecting onset and progression of dental erosion.

The useful properties and components of saliva that protect teeth can be developed into preventive measures by taking advantage of these benefits. Diet has a role to play in dental health with fruits and vegetables ensuring adequate supply of alkaline saliva.

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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Dr Catherine Myatt BDS MFGDP(UK)

Cath joined the practice as a dentist in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath...

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