By some estimates, temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder (TMJ) is fairly common, affecting more than 10 million people in the U.S. You may be more likely to get TMJ if you have rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, or fibromyalgia. Women are affected more often than men. Most people with TMJ are between the ages of 20 and 40.
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What is the difference between artificial saliva and real saliva?
American Dental Association answeredArtificial saliva is not a perfect substitute for natural saliva, which is complex physically and chemically. Although more than 99 percent of saliva is water, saliva also contains buffering agents, enzymes and minerals that keep teeth strong and play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy mouth. Artificial salivas typically contain a mixture of buffering agents, cellulose derivatives (to increase stickiness and moistening ability) and flavoring agents (such as sorbitol). However, they do not contain the digestive and antibacterial enzymes and other proteins or minerals present in real saliva. Research is under way to try to develop artificial salivas that more closely mimic natural saliva.
What is the role of saliva in the mouth?
American Dental Association answeredSaliva coats and lubricates tissues in the mouth helping to keep them healthy. Saliva weakens acids released by bacteria in the mouth that can cause tooth decay. It helps cleanse the mouth and begins the digestive process when you eat. Speaking, chewing and swallowing all are made easier when the mouth is moist.
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