Acid is the biggest threat to developing tooth decay. It has even been suggested some people may have an inherent predisposition to tooth decay as their saliva has a higher acidic level.
Saliva is clear and slightly acidic (pH = 6.0-7.0) and plays many important roles in your mouth. It contains a variety of enzymes, hormones, antibodies, antimicrobial constituents, and cytokines. These enzymes also begin the digestive process.
Saliva also lubricates your mouth and helps you breathe and swallow as well as protect your teeth from bacteria. Additionally, it is often described as a mirror of oral and general health because it contains biomarkers – a way of clinically measuring and analysing your health.
Through biomarkers in saliva it’s possible to detect diseases including tooth decay and cavities, periodontal disease, and oral cancer, as well as systemic disorders earlier than before.
A simple saliva test at iSmile Studio will tell us if your saliva is acidic or neutral. A dry acidic mouth promotes decay, while a moist neutral mouth with healthy saliva promotes health.
Call us on (03) 9888 5677 or visit our practice at 1/92 Balwyn Rd, Balwyn VIC 3103 to schedule your saliva test.