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What Bacteria Are Living in Your Mouth?

Posted May 19, 2015

More than 700 different strains of bacteria have been found colonizing in the human mouth. As a patient gets older, his or her mouth changes, in turn affecting the amount of microorganism colonies living in the oral cavity at one time.

Some bacteria are worse than others, but scientists have identified a few specific diseases that have developed through these specific bacteria living in the mouth. The top two bacteria found in patients’ mouths are Streptococcus Mutans and Porphyromonas Gingivalis (try to say those ten times fast!). These can each lead to Periodontitis and other gum diseases, tooth decay, tooth loss, and even root canals.

Streptococcus Mutans is a bacteria that lives in the mouth and feeds on the sugars and starches the individual has eaten throughout the day. These bacteria are the main cause of tooth decay in humans today.

Porphyromonas Gingivalis is an oral bacterial disease that can lead to the development of the gum disease, Periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a common infection developed by bacteria in the mouth and infects supporting structures of the teeth. It can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss if not properly taken care of.

Once an oral bacterial infection is developed, it is very unlikely that the individual will be able to rid themselves of it. Rather, preventative care assures that these diseases will not get out of hand.

Managing Bacteria

The best way to manage a bacterial infection is to eat a well-balanced diet and brushing and flossing daily. If the bacteria get worse, an oral, antibacterial mouthwash cleans out the bacteria to the extent of which it is capable.

The health of the back teeth of the mouth is often reflected in the front teeth. Consistent brushing and flossing will help build a healthy mouth from the ground up, so you can smile confidently.

For more information on oral bacterial infections, treatment plans, or preventative options, visit with your dentist or oral surgeon today.

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