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  • Writer's pictureSam Guid

Bacteria and your mouth

Bacteria are a normal part of the oral cavity and play an important role in oral health. They can be found on the teeth, gums, tongue, and other tissues. There are hundreds of different types of bacteria that live in the mouth, and they form a complex and dynamic community.

Some bacteria in the oral cavity produce acids as they break down sugars and other carbohydrates in the food we eat. Over time, these acids can erode the enamel on the teeth and cause cavities. Other bacteria produce enzymes that help break down food particles and help prevent plaque buildup.

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that can form on the teeth and gums. If not removed through regular brushing and flossing, plaque can harden into tartar, which can lead to gum disease. Gum disease is a serious condition that can cause inflammation, bleeding, and eventually, tooth loss.

However, not all bacteria in the oral cavity are harmful. Some bacteria actually help protect against harmful bacteria and maintain a healthy balance in the mouth. For example, some types of bacteria produce antimicrobial compounds that can kill off harmful bacteria and prevent the overgrowth of harmful microorganisms.

It's important to maintain good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing regularly, to keep the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth in check and promote a healthy balance of bacteria in the oral cavity. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can also help keep the mouth healthy and prevent the development of oral health problems.

Probiotics have been touted for their potential benefits for various aspects of health, including oral health. The idea behind using probiotics for oral health is that they can help restore the balance of good bacteria in the mouth and potentially improve oral health by reducing the number of harmful bacteria.

Some studies have shown that certain strains of probiotic bacteria can help reduce the amount of plaque and gum inflammation, potentially reducing the risk of gum disease. Follow us to learn more about maintaining your microbiome (including in your mouth!) as we post more helpful tips!

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