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Helpful And Harmful Bacteria In Your Mouth

There are more than 700 different species of bacteria living inside our mouths. Though this may be alarming, not all of this bacteria is inherently bad. We actually have both good and bad bacteria in our mouth! Good bacteria keeps our mouths healthy while bad bacteria can lead to serious dental and health issues.

How does good bacteria help us?

Bacteria in your mouth, when it’s good bacteria, provides numerous health benefits.

  • Helps with food digestion by breaking down protein and sugar in the mouth
  • Controlling bad breath by fighting against germs that produce odor
  • Protection against cavities through saliva stimulation which in turns washes away food, acid, and bad bacteria
  • Gum disease prevention through a balanced microbiome which helps ward off bad bacteria, leading to oral disease.

How can you promote good bacteria in your mouth? The easiest way is to practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing your teeth after meals and flossing daily. A well-balanced diet will also aid in banishing harmful bacteria from your mouth.

How does bad bacteria hurt us?

When bad bacteria outweighs the good, a breeding ground for oral disease is formed. This can lead to a variety of issues such as:

  • Buildup of plaque – When your pH levels become unbalanced from acid, it provides the perfect environment for plaque to build up. Hardened plaque, or tartar, causes weak teeth and gums.
  • Tooth decay – Plaque and bad bacteria also result in tooth decay, leading to cavities and other serious complications.
  • Gum disease – When bacteria builds up on the gum it leads to periodontal disease which is very painful and can have many side effects on your health.

As previously stated, practicing good oral hygiene can greatly help lower your chances of gaining an influx of bad bacteria.

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, you need to have a dentist inspect your mouth. It’s best to catch dental issues early before they get any worse and cause serious damage.

Please schedule an appointment by calling us at (574) 269-1787 or contact us here. If you’re not already a patient, please call us and let us know what’s going on so we can see you as soon as possible.