Hello, my name is Dr. Frederick Hecht and I want to welcome you to my Staten Island dental blog. My dental practice, Staten Island Dental Care, wants to help our Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Bayonne patients to be knowledgeable about oral health issues.
Today we are going to discuss the complexity and importance of your saliva. This typically yucky substance is, in reality, a finely balanced body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food. So, without further ado, here are the main components of saliva.
1. Water. No surprise here! You saliva consists mostly of water.
2. Enzymes. Enzymes are essential biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
3. Immunoproteins. These are effective cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.
4. Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.
Most NYC dental patients produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be harmful to your dental health, so be sure to talk to your Staten Island dentist if you are experiencing this.
If you are in the Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Bayonne area and are in search of quality dental care, please call my office today at 718-761-5757. Our comfortable staff would be happy to talk to you about our successful services, which include:
Dr. Frederick Hecht
Staten Island Dental Care
1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island New York