Keep Your Billions Of Mouth Bacteria In Check
Did you know that the lifespan of a taste bud is only about 10 days? You know that if you follow the social media channels of Brighton Dental in San Diego, a holistic dental clinic you can trust.
But who wants to talk about taste buds when you can talk about bacteria? That’s another subject we discuss this week on social media. We told you that there are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people on the planet.
But can that really be true?
While there may only be 100 to 200 species of bacteria in a healthy, clean mouth, there can be billions of individual bacteria. And that’s partially OK. It’s just part of life. Adding up to perhaps 6 or 7 billion – yes, billion – bacteria total, all that gunk is called the human oral microbiome.
And this is a diverse bunch of bacteria doing what they do, including being born, feeding, working, mating, defecating and eventually each dying – in everyone’s mouth all the time.
But some of that bacteria is OK, and some of it’s really nasty. Think of that bad stuff as a bad neighborhood in your mouth. The worst offenders are the Streptococcus mutans – little guys that feed on starchy carbs and sugars and make acids that erode away your tooth enamel. These bacteria are the primary cause of oral diseases as well as decay.
And what about your gums? Porphyromonas gingivalis destroys gum tissue if you let it run amok. It can even eventually damage your dental ridge – the bone that supports your teeth.
Plus, of course, there are the good guys – the probiotics – that help you feel better.
Brush, floss and get regular dental cleanings if you want to keep the total bacteria count down – and your mouth healthy.
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