Patients are often mortified to learn that they have hundreds of bacteria varieties living in their mouths all the time. While some bacteria in our bodies are beneficial, many others are destructive. Our dark, warm, moist mouths are the perfect places for bacteria to thrive and reproduce. Ensure that you are not hosting harmful germs between your teeth, on your oral mucosa or below your gum line by visiting Dague Dental Solutions regularly for professional dental cleanings. Learn more below:
Tooth and Gum Infections
Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or cavity, is a bacterial infection that causes demineralization and destruction of the hard tissues (enamel, dentin, and cementum). This usually happens from the production of acid by bacterial fermentation of the food debris accumulated on the tooth surface. If demineralization exceeds saliva and other remineralization factors, such as from calcium and fluoridated toothpastes, these hard tissues progressively break down, producing dental caries (cavities, holes in the teeth). The bacteria most responsible for dental cavities are the mutans streptococci, most prominently Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus, and lactobacilli. If left untreated, the disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, and infection. Today, caries remain one of the most common diseases throughout the world. Read more, compliments of Lumen Learning
Spreading Bacteria With Every Kiss
While we tend to think of mononucleosis or “mono,” as the “kissing disease,” there is actually a host of bacteria we spread this way without knowing it. In addition, close contact is also the way that some patients first learn that they have an oral issue. For example, this can be when a loved one alerts them that they may have a cavity due to the presence of bad breath. Our bodies are extremely adaptable so it’s easy to become “nose-blind” in this way. To avoid severe decay, it’s crucial to maintain regular dental checkups. Find out more about biofilm and dental plaque below:
Many of the foods you eat cause the bacteria in your mouth to produce acids. Sugary foods are obvious sources of plaque, but there are others that you might not realize can cause harm. Starches—such as bread, crackers, and cereal—also cause acids to form. The dental plaque created from bacteria also produces substances that irritate the gums, making them red, sensitive, and susceptible to bleeding. This can lead to gum disease, in which gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that fill with bacteria and pus. If the gums are not treated, the bone around the teeth can be destroyed and teeth may become loose or have to be removed.
Did you know tooth decay is actually an infectious disease?
And, these bacteria that cause tooth decay are spreadable. According to the science journal Microbiome, an otherwise innocent ten-second kiss can spread 80 million bacteria between mouths!
These are the bacteria we need to manage through good oral hygiene practices, healthy diet and dental checkups. Brushing after meals, using antimicrobial mouthwash, and flossing at least once per day helps to keep these disease-causing bacteria from reproducing in your mouth, and causing tooth decay. And, healthy diets that minimize sugary and starchy foods also helps to keep those bad bacteria under control. Get more prevention facts, compliments of Dentistry UIC
Save Your Smile and Your Health
Health problems that stem from our mouths can affect every area of our bodies — even our brains. The good news is this issue can see huge risk reductions with daily brushing, flossing and use of a quality mouthwash. Visiting the dentist a minimum of every six months is recommended to catch any dental issues in an early stage, before the harmful bacteria becomes widespread.
Learn more about mouth-related health hazards below:
Rheumatoid arthritis and pneumonia are just two diseases that have been linked to gum disease.
According to a new study published in the journal Science Advances, bacteria normally present in the mouth can also release toxins that make their way into the brain. Once there, they may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
When your teeth feel slimy and in need of brushing, you’re feeling their presence.
Oral bacteria also thrive inside your cheeks and on your tongue, palate, tonsils, and gums. Your mouth is a great habitat for unicellular microorganisms. It’s constantly moist, has a fairly neutral pH, and a balmy temperature. But despite this perfect environment, not all the germs in your mouth stay put.
“Roughly two dozen oral species can be associated with diseases or conditions in other parts of the body,” Fourre said.
You swallow plenty of bacteria that end up in your gut, but your bloodstream is also a convenient form of transport. Each time you chew, brush, or floss, these germs get pushed into small vessels in your gums. Learn more facts from Healthline