What’s the Deal with Bacteria in the Mouth?

What are bacteria?

 Bacteria are tiny microorganisms that like to multiply so they can continue to live and grow in numbers. Some are helpful and do things like help people maintain a normal digestive system or good breath, but others are destructive and can cause health complications and diseases.

Where do bacteria live?

Bacteria live in every crevice of the mouth. Teeth, gums, the throat, and tongue are some of the more prominent areas where you can find larger amounts of bacterial growth than necessary. You should try to minimize the amounts of bad bacteria whenever possible.

Why should you care?

Dependent on the foods and drinks you consume, various sugars can build up and in combination with bacteria to cause dental decay within the mouth. When this occurs, it can lead to other serious problems down the road. Dental decay, when left unchecked, often leads to mild gum disease and later serious gum disease. Some of the signs of gum disease are inflamed gums, bad breath, tooth aches, and loss of teeth. Gum disease is generally not fun and can be very painful, so it is best to avoid it!

How can you minimize bad bacteria? 

  • Change your toothbrush every 3 months or after you get over a cold
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day or after meals
  • Floss your teeth regularly
  • Add a mouth wash with into your dental routine