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Warning: After reading this blog, you may want to brush your teeth again and follow that up with some mouthwash! Even though you can’t taste, feel or see them, your mouth is naturally full of bacteria. Although most of them might not do you any harm, there could be others that need to be controlled. Today, we would like to help you learn more about what lurks inside of your mouth.

There have been over 700 different strains of bacteria that have been identified in humans’ mouths, but most people may only have anywhere from 34 to 72 different kinds. Most of them may be harmless in regard to our health, in fact, some of them are known as probiotics and help us digest foods. Others, however, can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Steptococcus mutans can feed on the starches and sugars that you might eat and produce acids that can wear away your enamel, which causes tooth decay. Porphyromanas gingivalis may not normally be present in a healthy smile, but it can be strongly linked to periodontitis, which is a form of gum disease.

After you have gotten a strain of bacteria in your mouth, it can be difficult to get rid of, but they can be managed with good oral care. It is recommended that you brush twice daily and floss once daily to help remove the bacteria’s food source and to help prevent them from reproducing. You can also use an antibacterial mouthwash.

If you have other questions about your dental health, please feel free to contact our friendly team. We’ll be happy to answer any questions or discuss answers about your wisdom teeth.