Everyone has saliva and most people don’t give it a second thought. Sure it helps you swallow, but what else is it for? What’s it made of? What role does it play in our bodies? At Smile On Dental Studio, we want our patients to understand just how exactly their bodies wash away bacteria from their mouths and why saliva is so essential for your oral health. Learn more about saliva with these interesting facts!
Saliva is Made Of Mostly Water
If you’re wondering what saliva is made of, it’s 99% water. This is no surprise considering the body is made of 60% water. The remaining 1% of saliva contains digestive enzymes, uric acid, electrolytes, mucus-forming proteins, and cholesterol. The different compounds found in saliva help you break down food in your mouth, swallow it, and clean your teeth afterward.
Saliva can also help you fight off infections in your mouth.