Saliva protects against dental caries by several means:

  1. Physical clearance: with a high flow rate of saliva, low viscosity results in a better cleaning affect on the teeth
  2. Buffering capacity: saliva buffers and helps neutralize acids that can cause cavities in teeth
  3. Post-eruptive enamel maturation allowing enamel to become more resistant to decay. This happens immediately after a tooth erupts during childhood
  4. Saliva helps repair early enamel lesions due to the content of calcium, phosphate, and fluoride in the saliva
  5. Saliva has antibacterial activity because it contains enzymes that attack bacteria and disrupt it

This is why you do not want a dry mouth.  A moist mouth full of saliva is ideal to making a healthy mouth.

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