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It has been proven by dental research and clinical studies that a determining factor in the development of cavities in patients can be linked to their saliva. By testing and studying the pH and other factors in patient’s saliva, it is probable to determine that patient’s propensity to developing cavities. If you have suffered from problematic cavities throughout your life, wouldn’t you have liked to know ways to help detect the possibility of cavities from an early age?

Saliva protects teeth by clearing bacteria and buffering acids found in the mouth, this is saliva’s most important function. In other words, saliva helps protect teeth by flushing and neutralizing acid and bacteria. Everyone’s mouth and saliva pH is different. In some people, saliva is the number one factor in preventing cavities; in others saliva actually encourages the development of cavities. Usually when it comes to saliva, more saliva is better.

Individuals that have higher levels of saliva production are better able to wash way or clear the teeth of cavity causing properties. If you suffer from dry mouth or limited saliva, you may have a higher incidence of cavities. Proteins found in saliva are what make saliva a friend or foe to your teeth. The protein in saliva helps form pellicle on the tooth’s surface. Pellicle is critical in protecting teeth from acid. Certain proteins found in saliva actually help bacteria adhere to teeth, even teeth covered in pellicle. If you produce saliva with high levels of bacteria adhering proteins, you are more likely to develop cavities. It is becoming more and more evident that the more a dentist knows about an individual’s saliva makeup, the better they will be able to develop a personalized cavity prevention plan.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 43 reviews

Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123