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What You Need To Know About Oral Bacteria

Posted on 5/1/2024 by Fairmount Dental Center
Your mouth has hundreds or even thousands of microbe species, including bacteria and fungus. Most oral bacteria are harmless and vital to oral health. They help with digestion and maintaining the oral microbiome balance. However, some bacteria can be harmful. They cause oral issues like tooth decay, gingivitis, and advanced periodontitis. Fortunately, you can manage oral bacteria with proper dental care practices. This guide explains everything you need to know about oral bacteria.

What Is Oral Bacteria?

Oral bacteria are the bacterial organisms in your mouth. They are part of your overall microbiota and directly impact your oral health and general well-being. These microbial colonies in the mouth have close associations with oral diseases and systematic disorders. Maintaining a proper oral routine, including brushing and flossing, can help prevent harmful oral bacteria from causing health concerns.

Types of Oral Bacteria

There are over 700 different types of oral bacteria. Probiotic bacterial microorganisms, such as bifidobacterium and lactobacillus, are beneficial to oral health. They bind harmful, disease-causing bacteria from attaching to the gums and teeth. They also have antimicrobial properties, helping suppress the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Most importantly, good oral bacteria can boost your immune system and neutralize your saliva pH level.

The most notable types of harmful oral bacteria include Streptococcus mutans and Porphyromonas gingivalis. Streptococcus mutans attach to tooth surfaces and fissures. They release acids that attack tooth enamel and cause cavities. Porphyromonas gingivalis is present in the mouths of people who do not observe proper oral care. This type of bacteria often causes gingivitis or periodontitis.

Managing Oral Bacteria

Observing proper dental hygiene practices is the most effective way to manage oral bacteria. Ensure you brush and floss regularly after meals to prevent harmful bacteria from causing oral issues. Limit your sugar intake and refrain from acidic or starchy foods to promote healthy oral bacteria.

Contact Our Practice Today

Managing oral bacteria can help minimize the risk of dental issues and improve oral health. Contact our practice today to learn more about oral bacteria and how to maintain proper microbiome balance.
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