When we think about saliva, most people start and end with Wile E. Coyote looking at the Roadrunner and salivating. But, the question we’d like to pose for you, is why does that crazy Coyote create excess saliva when he thinks of eating a bird?

Or, why do you salivate when the bird comes out on Thanksgiving?

Child Salivating

Because saliva contains many important components that aid in digestion and protect against harmful bacteria. So when your mouth’s getting ready to eat, it produces more saliva than normal.

In this blog post, we will explore the importance of saliva in oral health and discuss ways to promote healthy saliva production.

The Role of Saliva in Oral Health

Though often overlooked, Saliva is essential for many functions in the mouth. 

One of its primary roles is to aid in digestion by breaking down food, helping to moisten and soften it before it even hits the digestive system. Saliva also contains enzymes that help to break down starches and fats in the mouth. 

But saliva’s about more than just digestion. Saliva also plays a key role in protecting the mouth from harmful bacteria. It contains antimicrobial agents that help to kill bacteria and prevent infections in the mouth. Saliva also helps to neutralize acids produced by bacteria, which can cause tooth decay.

Promoting Healthy Saliva Production

There are several ways to promote healthy saliva production, besides a roast turkey or a roadrunner. 

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This is one of the easiest and most beneficial steps to take as dehydration can lead to a decrease in saliva production, which can cause dry mouth, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum stimulates the salivary glands and helps to increase saliva flow. 
  • Eating a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables can also promote healthy saliva production. 
  • Practicing good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing regularly can help to maintain a healthy mouth and promote saliva production.

Keeping your mouth moist and healthy

Saliva is more than just a visual gag. It aids in digestion, protects against harmful bacteria, and helps to neutralize acids that can cause tooth decay. 

That makes it important for both your overall health and your oral health. So remember, a healthy mouth starts with healthy saliva!