Saliva Heals

Saliva can be a pain. It’s true. When you talk sometimes you accidently release spittle that’s saliva. At night sometimes you drool while you sleep. And what about babies who are teething? Their saliva is everywhere! Did you know that saliva heals? Read on as your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, discusses how saliva heals in today’s blog.


Have you ever told your dog to stop licking at a wound they might have gotten? Animals clean their wounds by licking them and research indicates that their saliva has healing properties.


Because it contains calcium and phosphates, saliva can help remineralize enamel and as a result helping preventing cavities from taking hold so easily. But that is not all saliva can do. Research has shown that a particular protein found in saliva, the protein secretory leukocyte inhibitor (SLPI), helps heal wounds. Researchers applied SLPI topically to skin wounds and found that tissue destruction was reversed and healing time decreased.  The findings were published in The Journal of the American Dental Association. According to other research there are other beneficial antibacterial agents in human saliva including:

  • Immunoglobulin A: A neutralizing antibody that prevents pathogens penetrating the epithelial surfaces.
  • Lactoferrin: a component of our immune systems, it works as a fungicide and bateriocide.
  • Lysozymes: Help destroy the cell walls of gram-positive bacteria.
  • Peroxidases: Also help destroy the cell walls of gram-positive bacteria.
  • Nitrate compounds: Inhibit bacterial growth.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States 

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