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Dentists in Colorado Springs Ask: Do You Know What Lives in Your Mouth? PART 3

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This three-part article series takes a look at the various microorganisms that live in our mouth and how we can best manage and control them, effectively helping to prevent gum disease.

This three-part article series takes a look at the various microorganisms that live in our mouth and how we can best manage and control them, effectively helping to prevent gum disease.

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  • 1. This three-part article series takes a look at the various microorganisms that live in our mouth and how wecan best manage and control them, effectively helping to prevent gum disease.Welcome to the third and final installment of our series on oral bacteria. With the guidance of dentists inColorado Springs, let’s take a look at some final interesting facts about the legions of microbes populating ourmouths.Common Conduits for Oral BacteriaDid you know that lipstick, lip balm, band instruments, drinking glasses or any other item that comes into directcontact with the mouth is a conduit for bacteria and other infectious microbes? According to Colorado Springsdentists, you could be exposing yourself to potentially harmful microbes simply by sharing some lip balm with afriend! It’s never easy to deny a friend something they want, especially if it’s as seemingly innocent as lip balm, sothe decision you face is whether to come across as mean or minimize your risk of swapping infections.Tip: Tell them you recently suffered a nasty bout of stomach flu. That’ll solve your problem fast!Antibacterial Mouthwashes Get the Thumbs Up for Addressing HalitosisAnti-bacterial mouthwashes get the thumbs up from the ADA in their ability to combat bad breath, or halitosis.Apparently, most of these anti-bacterial mouthwashes offer a therapeutic benefit in reducing the numbers of oralbacteria that leads to plaque formation and ultimately, conditions such as gingivitis and bad breath. While noteven a good swig of Listerine can prevent bad breath caused by eating too much garlic and onion, it can help tomask bad breath stemming from other causes. Remember, mouthwash doesn’t address the cause of bad breath,only the symptom. If you believe you suffer from halitosis, book an appointment with your dentist and get to theroot of the problem.
  • 2. Another Reason to Love Green TeaDid you know that research has associated the consumption of green tea with healthier gums and cleaner teeth?Whether this is because the people who drink green tea tend to be more health conscious, or because theproperties of the green tea itself are beneficial to oral health remains to be seen.They’re Not All Bad Guys!“Not all bacteria are bad for you,” explain Colorado Springs dentists. Many of the species of bacteria in yourmouth are critical to the maintenance of good oral health. How? Certain species of bacteria secrete substancesthat actually kill off the bad kinds of bacteria. In fact, clinicians are trying to develop new toothpastes that makeuse of the “good” oral bacteria in trying to eliminate the “bad” kinds that lead to tooth decay and gum disease.Plaque Under the MicroscopeSo as it turns out, bacteria aren’t invisible. In large enough numbers, you can actually view the legions ofmicroorganisms that inhabit your mouth. Did you know that plaque IS bacteria? That whitish sticky substanceyou scrape off your teeth with your fingernail, especially after a sweet snack, is composed entirely of oralbacteria! Just one tooth can host up to 500 million bacteria. And, of course, plaque is the main cause of toothdecay and gum disease. This is why it’s so important to brush and floss regularly and thoroughly.A Final NoteLiving with bacteria is a fact of life. There are billions of them in our mouth and a good oral hygiene routineserves to keep them under control. Most of these bacteria are good for us, while only a few are bad. So, look afteryour teeth and book regular appointments with Colorado Springs dentists and you should be able to keep yourmouth clean. Visibly clean, that’s it!

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