What Does Your Saliva Say About Your Mouth? (Part One)

Our relationship with saliva is similar to that of the blood that runs through our veins. We need it, but rarely think about what’s going on behind the scenes. However, the quality of your saliva and the amount of it in your mouth can shed light on the state of your overall health.

Dry Mouth

One of the main functions of saliva is to neutralize the acids in our mouth, which reduces the harmful impacts that acid can have on our enamel. If you are suffering from dry mouth because of medications or dehydration, you’re at a higher risk for acid erosion and dental decay. To alleviate this, talk with your doctor about your medications and ensure you’re drinking plenty of water to stay well hydrated.

Oral Infections

If your saliva is white or cream colored and also appears patchy, it could be an indication that you’re suffering from oral thrush, also known as a yeast infection, in your mouth. When Candida albicans, a yeast that is naturally present in our mouth, becomes overgrown due to smoking, diabetes, or other factors, thrush can build up on the cheeks, tongue, gum, and roof of the mouth. Oral thrush typically occurs more frequently in babies, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.

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