Hats off to saliva: a healthy person produces up to one litre of saliva a day and this keeps teeth and the oral mucosa in good health. As soon as the saliva stops flowing – due to illness, medication or age – teeth quickly decline and the oral mucosa dry out.
How does saliva keep your mouth healthy? How does that work? Firstly, the enamel’s outer film, the pellicle as it is called, is formed from saliva and puts a protective coating over the teeth. Secondly, saliva rinses bits of food away. Thirdly, saliva provides the teeth with important minerals. And fourthly, saliva is effective against bacteria.
Saliva does all this with only 0.6% of its contents, added to which are proteins, minerals and enzymes. Immediately after cleaning, certain proteins, glycoproteins, lipids and enzymes are deposited as pellicle on the teeth, gums and oral mucosa. This pellicle is – still – largely bacteria-free. It protects the teeth and controls precisely what goes through it onto the teeth.
Then, after eating, food residue and shreds get stuck in the teeth. Without saliva, it would all hang around for quite a while and soon cause some damage. But saliva simply rinses it all away.
After rinsing there’s still enough left over from eating, however - acids, for example. These acids from vinegar, fruit juices, cola beverages and energy drinks demineralise the tooth enamel. This means: the acids dissolve minerals, e.g. calcium, out of the enamel. This is where saliva comes in again. It remineralises the teeth, enriching them again with calcium and phosphate – and even with fluoride. Saliva thus continuously repairs the microscopically small enamel erosions. If it didn’t, the teeth would soon dissolve.
Impressive: saliva also has an anti-bacterial effect. This is thanks to its enzymes, little miracles and magicians made of protein. These enzymes turn harmful into harmless, by either splitting or changing in some other way.
The lactoperoxidase system is worth a special mention: the three enzymes in the system not only make bacteria harmless, but even viruses and mycoses. They thus restrict the formation of new plaque – to the benefit of oral health.
Actually, yes. Except that this natural enzymatic protection system is at risk amongst many people. Large quantities of highly acidic beverages are consumed (this also includes fruit juices as well as vinegar in the salad dressing). Alcohol and nicotine are harmful, too. And when you see how much sugar there is in food, you can understand why enzymes get dizzy: they never thought they’d have to work so hard.
To reduce the acids, wait half an hour to an hour after eating to clean your teeth. What also helps: firstly, cut down on sugar. Secondly, rinse your mouth with water – milk is even better – after consuming acidic food or beverages. This helps to reduce acids. Thirdly, use toothpaste that supports the lactoperoxidase system. In a physiological way best suited to the body, CURAPROX enzycal contains precisely those enzymes that constitute the lactoperoxidase system.
If saliva is still flowing – what benefits are provided by an oral rinse? Particularly since saliva provides everything that’s needed.
What is more, some oral rinses contain substances not found in saliva: harmful substances such as alcohol or excessive essential oils, which irritate the oral mucosa and affect taste.
In other words: saliva has it all.