I am asked all the time about mouth acidity, and so I thought I would take the time today to talk a little more about the chemistry of our mouths.
Teeth are protected by our saliva. Saliva has a variety of different functions, including helping food go down–but it is very important for our teeth. Normally saliva is alkaline, with a pH of 7.2 or above. At this pH, the saliva encourages strengthening and the repair of teeth.
However, the alkaline saliva in one’s mouth may change and become acidic in a stressful situation (ever get that icky taste in your mouth?), or even with a simple health change such as a sinus infection.
Almost everyone develops a more acidic mouth as they age, or take medications. Testing your mouth acidity with pH strips will help you understand your mouth acidity, and learn to control it. You can use tooth-protective foods, xylitol or my special system (CWT) of over-the-counter rinses used in sequence with xylitol.
If you have more questions, feel free to leave them here.
Update on Mouth Acidity: Recently there have been news stories related to “Mountain Dew Mouth”– a condition of severe tooth decay brought on by heavy soda consumption. For more information read the Mountain Dew Mouth Blog Entry and the Mountain Dew Mouth / Mouth Acidity Page on the Zellies Website.