You may have heard it once said that the mouth is riddled with bacteria and considered to be the dirtiest place in your body. With a whopping 600 species of bacteria in your mouth – including on your tongue, cheeks and teeth, it is imperative to keep your mouth clean in order to minimize bacteria from causing a concern.
Bacteria and Plaque
Without removing the bacteria from your mouth through brushing and flossing, a yellow substance can build up known as plaque, which can create an acid that will slowly eat away at your teeth, causing tartar at best – or cavities and/or oral infections at worst.
Bacteria and Your Saliva
Saliva is your mouths way of neutralizing harmful bacteria in your mouth, but bacteria lurking beneath plaque or encased in tartar is something your saliva cannot tackle. In fact, the longer you leave tarter on your teeth, the greater risk you run in developing gingivitis, tooth decay and periodontal disease.
How to Tackle Bacteria
Brushing your teeth and tongue regularly, twice a day – or between meals for a more effective clean, for a minimum of 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush, is your first defense against bacteria.
Chewing gum, in the absence of a toothbrush, can also be helpful in removing small particles of food and keep your saliva tackling the bacteria in your mouth.
As well, regular dental checkups will help greatly in ensuring your mouth is free of plaque, clear away tartar, and keep your teeth clean and cavity free.
DentistsRUs is here to help you keep your smile in optimal condition, and offers a list of dentists who can assist you in maintaining your oral health, ensuring you tackle the bad bacteria before it tackles your teeth!
Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | View
Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | View
Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | View
Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | View
New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster | View