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Did you know that your salivary glands play an essential part in maintaining your oral health? These fantastic glands are often disregarded, but fact is they fight like winners. Our dentist and team in Palm Desert, California, are pleased to report exactly how this works.

Many foods you eat have excellent nutrients that uphold the health of your teeth and the rest of your body. But it’s a two-edged sword. Most of these foods also contain certain levels of nutrients that are horrible for your teeth–namely acid and sugar. Acid wears down your tooth enamel, paving the way for bad bacteria to create cavities. And sugar is fuel for these bad bacteria.

Ever wonder where your salivary glands are located? They can be found on the palate, cheeks and floor of your mouth. The substance they secrete—saliva—doesn’t just dampen your mouth. And it doesn’t just help you digest your food either. As a matter of fact, it’s packed with minerals whose intent is to lower acid levels. It also washes away sugar and bad bacteria from your teeth and gums.

So the next time you see or smell something delicious and you begin to salivate, know that it’s more than just Pavlov’s dogs. It’s your salivary glands preparing itself for an epic battle. But remember, your saliva needs your help. Brush morning and night, floss daily, and come and see Dr. Gregg Balis at our office. Just give us a call at 760-610-0497 to book an appointment. We’ll help you win the war for oral health.