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Bacteria. It sounds gross, but the body thrives off of it. We need it for protection. There are both bad and good bacteria! The human body thrives off of it.

But what exactly is the purpose of bacteria in the mouth? Some bacteria are fundamental toward maintaining a a healthy hygienic balance. It’s all a part of the process of keeping everything hygienic and healthy and letting your body do some of its own work.

Dr. Mark Reichman has some facts to share on Oral Bacteria.

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Dr Mark Reichman OFMS Oral Bacteria

  • “Oral bacteria” are the billions of microorganisms inside the oral cavity. Two of these are “strep” Streptococci and “Staph” staphylococci.
  • There are between 500 and 1,000 kinds of bacteria- in mouths alone!
  • Morning sickness and general hormonal changes increase acid levels in the mouth, which wears down enamel. These hormonal changes that put mothers at a higher risk of tooth erosion.
  • Spit in our moths, or saliva, flush bad bacteria through the mouth, making it harder for bacteria to stick and cause damage to the teeth.
  • The mouths of infants are actually free from bacteria upon their arrival into the world. Bacteria is introduced into their mouths from their mothers hours after of birth.
  • The tongue carries a high amount of bacteria.
  • Foods like fruits and vegetables can cleanse bacteria away from the teeth. Crunchy vegetables like celery and carrots stimulate bacteria away from the gums. Acidic fruits such as apples increase saliva production, thus washing the teeth clean.
  • Tobacco from smoking increases the risk of decay and gum disease by ruining good oral bacteria and encouraging the growth of harmful oral bacteria.
  • Oral bacteria multiply every 4-5 hours. That’s why we brush your teeth twice a day – and your tongue, too!

Schedule regular dental exams so you can keep oral bacteria under control. For more on Dr. Mark Reichman,

Dr Mark Reichman OFMS Oral Bacteria


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