ever think of your mouth as a receptacle of sorts, when it comes to eating and
drinking; in goes the coffee each morning as well as regular food. But it’s also where bacteria, viruses, and
fungi like to hang out. After all, it’s moist, dark, and warm—a perfect
environment where germs thrive.
Did you know over 700 species of bacteria have
been detected in the mouth according to scientific findings published in the
Journal of Clinical Microbiology
it’s important to make oral health a top priority. So we did a little research
and found some interesting facts about your teeth—and some tips to help you
manage what’s in your mouth. As always,
this information should not replace medical advice from your personal doctor or
foods with too much acid (like tomatoes and citrus fruits) may erode tooth
enamel over time. Water can help to keep acidity levels in check.
foods like cheese, non-fat yogurt and milk help replenish necessary minerals that
keep teeth strong and healthy.
and flossing daily can help prevent gum disease because it removes bacteria and
plaque on the teeth—both can contribute to the disease.
plaque hardens it becomes tartar. Once it travels under the gums, it’s
difficult to remove unless you visit a dental professional regularly.
NOT-SO-FUN FACT—About 70% of adults over 65 years
of age are diagnosed with periodontal or gum disease. Men have a higher
incidence of periodontal disease, at 56%, compared to women, at 38%.
Periodontal disease is generally
caused by inflammation and infection in the gums and surrounding bone that
supports the tooth.
Reference: 1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1287824/ 2. http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/22,21457 3. http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Adolescent/BrushingFlossing/22,Delta57n 4. http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,Delta19 5. http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD32 6. http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/periodontal_disease/index.htm