We have a lot of germs in our mouth. How many? Scientific research studies vary, but the commonly accepted range is 32 to 40 different types of germs and bacteria are present in the human mouth – much more than a dog’s mouth carries, in case you are wondering.
Germs lead to bacteria, bacteria leads to decay. Tooth decay and gum disease are not fun things to have. So we should try to avoid these things by keeping our mouths as clean as possible. There are things you can do to reduce the amount of germs and bacteria in your mouth.
Brush, Floss, Rinse
Brush frequently—three times a day. Floss after brushing—at least once a day. Before bed or when you wake up in the morning, rinse your mouth thoroughly with a germ killing mouthwash. Also, replacing your brush every 90 days will ensure that your toothbrush is doing a good job.
Get back to nature
You can find certain elements in nature that are good for a healthy mouth. Tea tree oil prevents gum disease and you can occasionally rub it around your gum line. Do you like to drink green tea? If so, your mouth thanks you. Green tea actually has certain properties in it that remove bacteria from your mouth. Do you have plaque buildup or yellowing of the teeth? Making paste out of baking soda and a little bit of water will reduce plaque and yellowing.
Don’t be so sweet
You know this already but it is good to keep in mind—limit the amount of sugar that you eat. Sugar can lead to decay of your tooth enamel. If you or someone you know has children and puts their child to bed with a juice bottle, this is not a good idea, too much sugar soaking into the teeth.
You may think you are okay chewing sugar-free gum. Actually the alcohol properties in the artificial sweeteners contribute to bacteria.
Vitamins and Cleaning
Do you take your vitamins every day? This is good for you too because Vitamin C is known to combat gum disease.
If you have old fillings in your mouth—old caps or crowns, you should get them checked and see if your dentist recommends replacing them. Often these become harbors for germs, plaque and bacteria.
Last but not least, when your dentist reminds you about getting your teeth cleaned, make the appointment. Every six months you should have a professional cleaning as preventive maintenance. Dentists and Endodontists (who specialize in root canals) are here to care for your teeth once decay happens. You are the only one that can care for your teeth to prevent decay… and show the world a bright, healthy smile.