Bad Bacteria

Probiotics and Treating Gum Disease

Your digestive system, which includes your mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines, act as cities of bacteria. Just like in the city where you live, there are good guys and bad guys. When there are too many bad guys the good guy cops remove them to keep the city safe. However, if the bad guys overrun the town, they will take over the good guys and destroy the city.

 

This is a simplified example of what happens in your mouth during gum disease. Bad bacteria outweighs the good bacteria in your mouth which harms your mouth by eating away the protective layer on your teeth, called enamel, and building-up large bacteria fortresses called tarter which turn into hard plaque. So, how can you fight the bad bacteria and regain a healthy bacterial village in your mouth?

 

Fight Bad Bacteria With Brushing

One way you can remove bad bacteria is by physically scrubbing it away with your toothbrush. Naturally, even if you do not have gum disease, bad bacteria will collect in your mouth from the foods you eat during the day. If you brush, floss, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash twice a day, you can wash away the bacteria sitting in your mouth. However, if you develop a poor oral hygiene routine, the bacteria can turn into tartar and become plaque which can lead to gum disease. Luckily, gum disease at the gingivitis stage can be reversed with frequent professional dental cleanings. However, if your gum disease advances, then you may develop periodontal disease which cannot be reversed. Once you have periodontal disease, you will have to visit the dentist frequently for professional cleanings for the rest of your life to prevent it from worsening.

Bad Bacteria

Probiotic Police

When your mouth is overrun with bad bacteria, another way to clean it is by introducing more good bacteria to destroy the bad bacteria. That’s what a probiotic does. In a few studies, researchers injected good bacteria, called lactobacilli, into chewing gum and gave it to people with gum disease to chew. They found that introducing the good bacteria into a mouth with gum disease can reduce the build-up of plaque on the teeth and gums. Additionally, this study was repeated with lozenges which produced similar results. It is important to note that both the chewing gum and lozenges were injected with probiotics and were not typical over-the-counter products. Regular chewing gum and lozenges at the store can have sugar in them which can create worsen your gum disease and risk of developing cavities.

Sacramento Oral Health

Protecting your mouth against gum disease is important to maintain oral health. Remember, the best way to protect your oral health is by brushing for two minutes each time twice a day and floss once per day. To schedule your next appointment with Meadowbrook Family Dental in Sacramento, Califonia, today!

 

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