If You Wear Braces, Beware of Dry Mouth
You probably don’t give much thought to your saliva, but it performs many important jobs. Saliva plays a major role in good oral health, especially if you have braces. Inadequate saliva flow is a condition called dry mouth.
At the office of Orthodontics, Inc., we’re enthusiastic about treating all aspects of your orthodontic health. We have a welcoming, patient-focused environment in which each patient feels at ease.
Wearing braces and maintaining excellent oral health is particularly challenging. The appliances’ brackets, wires and other intricate components can get in the way of thorough daily cleanings. Saliva keeps your teeth strong, carries away food particles, and helps prevent cavities and plaque. Because this liquid is so important to your oral health, you must tell your orthodontist if you’re suffering from an inadequate flow.
Here’s a closer look at this fluid that’s a crucial component of your mouth. Microscopic salivary glands are all over your lips, tongue, nose and voice box. There are hundreds of them. These teeny openings help release and preserve the saliva in your mouth.
But three main salivary glands, called the parotid, sublingual and submandibular, produce 90 percent of your saliva and keep everything flowing smoothly. This trio of ducts is in your cheeks, jaw and the bottom of your mouth. A healthy person pumps out 40 tablespoons of saliva every day; 99 percent of it is water. The rest is a mixture of proteins, enzymes, sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, immunoglobulins and mucins. The calcium, phosphorous and magnesium make your enamel more durable.
Though the proteins are in just that 1 percent of saliva, they’re the first line of defense against harmful oral bacteria, and they help your taste receptors do their job. Saliva’s enzymes help break down starches and fats in your mouth, thereby assisting in your digestive process. Mucin also helps digestion by keeping your mouth lubricated.
At the office of Orthodontics, Inc., our elite team of dental professionals has unparalleled professional knowledge. Our high-tech, cutting-edge diagnostic equipment gives us an overall view of every orthodontic aspect of our patients’ mouths and teeth. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment.