Did you know that the average person produces about two liters of spit each day?
Salivary glands are located inside of each cheek and the bottom of the mouth. It is composed primarily of water, and is an important part of the health of your mouth. Saliva lubricates your tissues, and helps to regulate the PH. Secondly, it helps to breakdown food, and assist in swallowing. Finally, it contains immunoglobulins, electrolytes, and other substances to aid in resisting disease. Some health conditions cause xerostomia which is the term for dry mouth. Radiation for cancer treatment, Sjogren’s Syndrome, removal of salivary glands, or certain medications are all contributing factors in dry mouth. If you suspect that you suffer from dry mouth, or reduced saliva flow you should address this at your dental cleaning. Dry mouth can increase your plaque and tartar accumulation as well as increasing your risk of developing cavities. The dentist and hygienist can help make suggestions to help with your dry mouth that range from simply drinking more water to trying a saliva supplement.