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What's the role of saliva in cleansing teeth?

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Dr. Richard Charmoy
Dentistry 37 years experience
Fluid: Saliva doesn't necessarily have a role in cleaning your teeth. It would matter if you didn't have saliva while cleaning your teeth.
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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Reduces cavities: Saliva keeps your mouth and teeth moist. When dry there are more cavities because there is a loss of the buffering action against the acids that occur in plaque. With adequate saliva, you can clean better and less tartar will form.
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Last updated Mar 28, 2014
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