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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 39 reviews

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!!

Linda S.

Dr. Roberts and her entire staff are very friendly and professional. Dr. Roberts has a great "bedside manner" and clearly explains what she needs to and why, in a very calming manner. She is a perfectionist in her work, and I can honestly say I've never experienced pain during several crown procedures. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

Skyler S.

Every time I walk into Dr. Roberts' office, I feel at home. The establishment is clean and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly! I live in Atlanta, and I still make the trip up to Alpharetta just to go back to Crabapple Dental because I appreciate everything they do so much. They always have the most up to date technology and tools that makes my mouth feel more clean each time I go. Definitely recommend!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123