Dentist in Saratoga Springs
Your mouth contains hundreds of bacteria. Before you reach
for the toothbrush and mouthwash, understand that not all bacteria are bad.
Here’s what you need to know about the bacteria that makes its home in your
More than 700 different oral bacteria species have been
detected. Most people usually have less than 10% of these different strains in
their mouth at one time. Different strains have different purposes. Bacteria
that are harmless and help digest food are known as probiotics. Other types of
bacteria help keep your teeth and gums healthy. The troublemakers are those
that contribute to decay and periodontal disease.
The Dangers of
Bacteria constantly grow and multiply in your mouth.
According to Registered Dental Hygienist Magazine,
certain bacteria species can double their population in 20 minutes if
conditions are right. They feed on starches and sugars that are the byproduct
of the food and drinks you consume throughout the day. Certain bacteria types
produce an acid while they feed. This acid erodes your tooth enamel, leaving
your teeth susceptible to decay.
Maintain a Healthy
The best way to manage the bacteria in your mouth is to
maintain excellent oral hygiene. Brushing at least twice each day for two full
minutes and flossing regularly is the best way to keep bacteria in check. You
may want to consider an antibacterial mouthwash. Another key element to
maintaining optimal oral health is sticking to a healthy diet. By avoiding or
cutting back on foods and drinks that contain high amounts of sugars, acids,
and starches, you can reduce the multiplication of bacteria that feed on these
Not all bacteria are out to harm your teeth. Bacteria can beincredibly helpful in maintaining your overall heath. To help protect yourmouth and teeth against the bad bacteria strains, keep following your oralhygiene routine. During your next visit to our office, we will provide athorough cleaning and check for decay. We will also screen for any signs ofother oral diseases. For more information on keeping your mouth healthy, please contact our team.
170 South Broadway Suite 2
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866