Bacteria is just another word for the germs that make us sick, right? Well, not so fast, a lot of the bacteria that lives in our mouths is actually good for us. The healthy bacteria helps us fight off the bad.
Probiotics are on the “good guys” list of oral bacteria. They actually trigger the enzymes in the digestive system that processes the foods that we eat. These good bacteria stimulate the salivary glands to produce enough saliva to help to wash away the bacteria that contributes to oral diseases such as periodontitis.
We want to be sure that our mouth is clean and fresh but we also have to be careful not to kill off the good bacteria in an effort to get rid of the kind that can harm us. Cleaning between the teeth – yes, flossing will let you get down to the gum level where a lot of the nasty bacteria thrives. You can also use a tiny brush-like appliance that fits between the teeth to help remove any leftover plaque.
Don’t change your regular brushing regimen, but do brush with the bristles of your toothbrush angled so that they reach into the area where the gums come together with the teeth.
One of the best ways to resist harmful oral bacteria is through diet. The fiber in the skin of an apple for instance, helps to clean the plaque from the surface of your teeth. The crunchy texture of the fruit encourages a healthy flow of saliva.
Talk to Dr.Looze of Southlands Dental about preventive measures for the care and protection of your teeth and gums. Call Southlands in Aurora @ 720-886-0606.