saliva Tag

Just Spitting It Out

The Wonderful World of Saliva When you hear the phrase “spit it out,” it usually means, “Get to the point!” At the Placerville Dental Group, when we use the phrase, we usually mean it literally (not to mention more respectfully). Sometimes, we want to get a...

Bright, white teeth can be yours with professional tooth whitening from our Placerville dentists.

Problems With Saliva

The Placerville Dental Group is pretty sure you don’t think too much about your saliva. Even though it’s an essential fluid and we need it for good oral health, it’s not really something we tend to meditate about, unless we seem to have too little...

The salivary glands, as seen under a microscope.

Drool and You

Saliva is an essential fluid for maintaining your oral health. What is it and how is it made? Saliva is secreted by the salivary glands (a microscopic view is shown) in your mouth and throat. The primary glands are called the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual...

Xerostomia is treatable with help from our Placerville dentists.

Mouth Drought

Does your mouth feel like the parched Sahara Desert? If so, you may be going through an oral drought called dry mouth. Scientifically known as ‘xerostomia’ (zeer-oh-stomia), dry mouth is a common condition caused by a decrease in saliva. It can affect our speech and...

Our Placerville dentists talk about the risks of cleaning pacifiers with human saliva.

On Binkies and Bacteria

A recent Swedish study concluded that parents who “clean” their baby’s pacifier by sucking on it reduce the risk of allergies in their babies. Yet, numerous dental studies have concluded that cleaning a baby’s pacifier with parental saliva introduces cavity-causing bacteria, increasing the likelihood of...