Did you know that every other area on the body, except for the mouth, sheds its outer layer on a consistent basis? It’s true. That is why the mouth is so full of bacteria, and considered the “dirtiest” part of your body.
There are an astounding 600 species of bacteria lurking within your mouth, a lot of which make their home on the surface of your teeth. That is why it is imperative you rid your mouth of as much bacteria as possible on a regular basis. Unless you clean this bacteria from your mouth within 24 to 48 hours, it will turn into the sticky yellow substance known as plaque.
A reminder that plaque creates acid that slowly eats away at your teeth, and the hardened form turns into tartar. Once it takes the form of tartar, you then need a professional to remove it at a dental office.
Aside from regular brushing, your saliva also acts to neutralize the acid in your mouth caused by bacteria, but saliva cannot neutralize anything beneath plaque and especially not beneath tartar. The longer you leave tarter on your teeth, the greater risk you run in developing gingivitis, as well as tooth decay and periodontal disease.
How to Keep Bacteria at Bay…
Your first line of defense is regular brushing, twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. The surface of your teeth is where this plaque sits, and your tongue is also a breeding ground for bacteria – so be sure to brush that too.
Chewing gum can also prompt saliva, and begin attacking the acids forming in your mouth and remove small particles of food, so pop a piece if a toothbrush is not handy.
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Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | View
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Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | View
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