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167 Nixon Street Shepparton 5821 2576
2 Katamatite Rd Numurkah 5862 0300

Saliva and all that spit!

Yuk! I can hear each mother silently say.
This discussion isn't about dog's saliva but it is interesting that studies have found dog's saliva is mildly antibacterial so when dog's groom their young or their own wounds it maybe that saliva has a role in helping kill harmful bacteria. There have also been studies that have demonstrated that children that grow up with a dog seem to have less allergies (It toughens them up!)
The cleansing result of our natural tendency to "lick wounds" is most likely largely due to the physical removal of debris from any wound, rather than more subtle antibacterial effects.

Saliva for humans - that is your own saliva - is very important in the health of your mouth.
Without saliva it is nearly impossible to stop people lossing their teeth due to decay.
Teeth Cleaning is important; Your diet is important; but neither of these can compensate for the protective qualities of your own saliva.

Saliva comes from a number of places in your mouth. Most of your saliva comes out in ducts under your tongue (70-75%) and the rest from a duct near your upper 6 year old molar. A small amount comes from tiny glands in your lips.

From the dentists viewpoint we are interested in:

  • the quantity of your saliva. We have less saliva during the night so if you are a shift worker or eat at late hours you are much more likely to find your teeth easily decay. Many medications reduce the quantity of saliva.
  • the amount of your saliva and the quality when you eat. Your saliva increases in quantity when stimulated by chewing or "rest and digest" activities. Hence you are best to sit down and relax while you eat!
  • the ph of Saliva. This means how acidic or basic your saliva makes your mouth. We have a protective mechanism within saliva that neutralises acidic food that would otherwise dissolve teeth. As we get older this protection decrease. Dentists are interested to see how your natural resistance to tooth erosion is working.

 

Shepparton Clinic

Mon-Fri 8.30 am - 5.30 pm
Sat by appointment only
Sunday - closed

167 Nixon Street
Shepparton VIC 3630

Numurkah Clinic

Alternate Mondays 8.45am-5pm
Tuesday- 8.45am-5pm
Wednesday- closed
Thursday- 8.45am-5pm
Fridays- 8.45am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday - closed

2 Katamatite Rd
Numurkah VIC

Goulburn Valley Dental Group

 

Our Dental Practitioners

Dr Sath Saranathan
Dr Geoff Woodhouse
Dr Raathika Raj
Dr Brodie Garth
Dr Kevin Lai
Dr Isha Pandher
Dr Neeshah Dahya
Dr Pree Kaur
Ms Hayley Emmi (Oral Health Therapist)
Ms Renee Church (Oral Health Therapist)
Ms Erika Collier (Oral Health Therapist)

Visiting specialists

Mr Kevin Spencer (Oral Surgeon)
Dr Andrei Locke (Periodontist)
Dr Matt Filei (Endodontist)