Manatee Dental of East Bradenton
3805 State Road 64 East, Bradenton, FL 34208

The Many Roles of Saliva in Your Mouth

Do you know all the ways that saliva helps your mouth?

Saliva, which you may know better as spit, has a more important role in your mouth than you may think. Sure, it helps you eat your food, but did you know that it has a lot of other roles that play a big part in how your body works? It's also a main component of your dental health!

According to the American Dental Association, saliva is derived from blood and helps build and keep healthy the soft and hard tissues in your mouth. When the amount of saliva is reduced, dental issues like tooth decay, infections and gum disease can occur.

The easiest way to stimulate saliva production is by chewing. The source reports that this causes your muscles to compress the salivary glands and release the saliva. Of course, you could always stimulate your saliva flow by looking at pictures of your favorite food when you're hungry or by smelling a delicious meal!

Saliva also helps to wash away food debris, enhance the taste of food, break down food, provides disease-fighting substances in your mouth to fight off infection and decay and provides minerals to the surface of your teeth, keeping them strong and healthy.

Next time you feel like spitting just for the heck of it, think again – that stuff is valuable!

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Excellent, knowledgeable staff that goes above and beyond for their patients!
Dawn N.
Great experience, the employees were awesome!!
Viviano A.
Convenient location for me. The staff is very courteous. I recently had a crown done and I’ve had msny but this was the best one ever.
Mary L.
Amber was great with my cleaning. Everyone in the office is very helpful.
Sandra O.
The staff was courteous and professional. Dr. Lindow made it a point to introduce himself to me and was easy to talk to.
Kelsey S.
This is the by FAR the Most Wonderful dental office I have ever been to. The staff is amazing, caring and they go above and beyond to make the experience a pleasant one. Everyone is also very […]
Dawn N.
Amber was wonderful person, friendly, informative, helpful, took her time to cleaned every tooth and make me shine!! Thanks so much! Deb
Deborah C.
Our Hygienist Kathi is wonderful and extremely efficient. I have recommended your office to my neighbors for that reason.
Richard L.
Great staff and technology used for cleaning.
Steve W.
Staff made my visit so pleasant and not scary.
Yoko O.
Cathy is great getting your teeth clean with her is fun she always makes you laugh
Tom L.
Everyone, staff, technitions and Doctor are so courteous and friendly, make you feel welcome!
Phyllis T.
Great people; very professional and personable. Going to the dentist is a pleasure with Manatee Dental.
Lawrence B.
Everyone at this practice is there to do whatever they can to make your experience a good one.
Dennis P.
We just love this dental office. If you are new in town, this is the place.
Patricia T.
my dental assistant / hygienist is so nice, funny and relatable. Best Dental office I have ever been to because of the people who work there.
Camille N.
In and out fast. Everyone was friendly and enjoyed talking to them all.
John P.
Always good! Very accommodating to my wacky schedule. Staff is always friendly!
Scott W.
I felt very welcomed and cared for at this office. Everyone was super friendly and very knowlegable.
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Friendly staff and quick service.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (941) 538-6339
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