Saliva has very important functions for the mouth. It helps break down food with enzymes, helps protect the mouth against tooth decay, and makes it easier to chew and swallow food. In general, a healthy mouth has adequate amounts of saliva. The pH of your saliva can make an impact towards the health of your mouth as well. The more acidic the saliva, the more likely of the tissues breaking down leading to gum disease and tooth decay. Healthy saliva has a pH level of 6.8 to 7.8.
Certain factors can lead to acidic pH of saliva:
- Using alcohol containing mouthwash
- Poor nutrition
- Dry mouth
- Sjogren's syndrome
- Chemo therapy, by damaging salivary glands
- Radiation therapy of head and neck
- Excessive alcohol drinks
- Acidic foods and drinks such as: tomatoes, citrus fruits, carbonated sodas, coffee
- Toothpaste with certain ingredients, such as fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfate
Saliva with a neutral pH and adequate flow, can help you prevent poor oral health. There are certain factors that can help you maintain a neutral pH of saliva.
- Toothpaste with baking soda
- Toothpaste with xylitol
- Toothpaste free of fluoride
- Toothpaste free of harsh abrasives
- Alcohol-free mouthwash
- Chewing gum or breath drops with xylitol
- Healthy foods, low of sugar or simple carbohydrates
- Proper oral hygiene
- Drinking adequate amounts of water
- Regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings
Cleure natural toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gum with xylitol have the right amount and types of ingredients to maintain a neutral pH of 7 to 10. With regular use, and as directed visits to your dentist, you can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile.