Dental Experts in Colorado Springs Ask: Do You Know What Lives in Your Mouth? PART 1
Dental Experts in Colorado Springs Ask: Do You Know What Lives in Your Mouth? PART 1This three-part article series takes a look at the various microorganisms that live in our mouth andhow we can best manage and control them, effectively helping to prevent gum disease.According to dental experts in Colorado Springs, the average human mouth contains, not millions,but billions of bacteria… tiny microorganisms that swarm over every surface in our mouth. If you’vebeen a little sloppy about brushing your teeth recently, you may very well have more bacteria in yourmouth than there are people living on this planet! Scientists have identified over 700 different kindsof these tiny microbes that thrive in the warm and moist environment found inside our mouths. Now,that should make you feel like brushing your teeth! Let’s take a closer look at oral bacteria and someof the myths and facts pertaining to these microbes.The Five Second RuleEver heard of the five-second rule? It goes something like this: If you drop food on the ground andpick it up within five seconds, it shouldn’t have picked up any bacteria. Well, that’s not necessarilytrue, say dentists in Colorado Springs. Sure, the longer food remains on the floor, the morecovered in bacteria it will become, but food or any object really picks up microbes the nanosecond ithits the floor! This is especially true if that food is moist. So, depending on the state of the floor youdropped it on, you might want to reassess that “rule” and butter yourself another piece of toast!Is Gum Disease Contagious?
You wouldn’t want to kiss someone with gum disease: one of the symptoms is bad breath. But thegood news is that if you did happen to pucker up for someone with less than desirable oral hygiene,you wouldn’t catch gum disease from him or her. This ailment isn’t contagious in the way that viralinfections are. Rather, it develops over the course of many years as a result of consistently poor oralhygiene and bad lifestyle habits such as smoking and heavy drinking. Gum disease even shares arelationship with certain systemic diseases, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritisand diabetes.While the bacteria that cause gum disease can be exchanged through saliva, you can keep your teethand gums healthy just by brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your Colorado Springs dentistand oral hygienist twice a year. Preventing gum disease is a lifelong commitment. So is “catching”gum disease.Hey, Can I Borrow Your Toothbrush?Did you forget your toothbrush at home? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,it might not be a good idea to borrow your friend’s. Toothbrushes house nasty little microbes and ifyour immune system hasn’t wizened up to them, it could make you sick. Your own toothbrush israrely a threat because those pathogens came from your own mouth. Chances are your immunesystem has become acquainted with them. But by sharing toothbrushes with someone else, you areexposing yourself to the host of germs they have in their bodies, rendering you more vulnerable toinfection. This is especially true if your friend has recently suffered from a cold, flu or any other kindof viral infection.Stay Tuned for Part 2Stay tuned for the second installment of this three-part article series in which experts in issues ondental in Colorado Springs provide us with a closer and more personal look at the oral bacteriapopulating our mouths.