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Did You Know This About Your Spit? Marietta, GA

Did You Know This About Your Spit?

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Your saliva, commonly referred to as “spit,” is more important than you may think. While your body naturally produces extra saliva when you smell something delicious, hence the term “mouthwatering” food, the amount of saliva you have in your mouth is critical for your oral health too. In fact, saliva is a valuable tool in preventing cavities and bad breath. Here are some fun facts about saliva that will ensure you never take your spit for granted again:

  • Saliva is produced by six major glands located within your oral cavity. In a 24-hour period, your body can deliver nearly 2 quarts of saliva! Certain medications, anxiety, dehydration, lack of sleep, smoking and the natural aging process can inhibit saliva production and cause dry mouth (xerostomia). It is important to address a chronic dry mouth, as your teeth are left more vulnerable to harm.
  • Saliva is critical to your dental health. Not only does it help rinse away food and bacteria from your teeth and gums, but it also keeps your teeth strong by offering calcium, phosphate and other essential minerals found in your spit.
  • Saliva makes for a more enjoyable eating and speaking experience. For example, you may have trouble talking, chewing and swallowing if you don’t have enough saliva. Furthermore, saliva enhances your ability to taste and it moistens your food to begin the digestion process.
  • Saliva production can be stimulated by chewing. That’s why many dentists recommend chewing sugarless gum if you have a chronic dry mouth.
  • Saliva tests are already used to diagnose HIV and detect alcohol and drugs in your system. However, research shows promising potential for saliva to be used to test for many diseases too, including cystic fibrosis, diabetes, heart disease and even certain types of cancer.

Never underestimate your spit! If you believe that your saliva production is low or you constantly feel like you have a dry mouth, talk to your dentist about it sooner rather than later. At Gilreath Dental Associates, we can help diagnose the root cause of your dry mouth and ensure you regain optimal saliva production for healthy teeth and gums!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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