More than 700 different strains of bacteria have been found colonizing in the human mouth. Some bacteria are worse than others, but scientists have identified a few specific diseases that have developed through these specific bacteria living in the mouth.
The top two bacteria found in patients’ mouths are Streptococcus Mutans and Porphyromonas Gingivalis (try to say those ten times fast!). These can each lead to Periodontitis and other gum diseases, tooth decay, tooth loss, and even root canals.
Streptococcus Mutans is a bacteria that lives in the mouth and feeds on the sugars and starches the individual has eaten throughout the day. These bacteria are the main cause of tooth decay in humans today.
Porphyromonas Gingivalis is an oral bacterial disease that can lead to the development of the gum disease, Periodontitis.
Periodontitis is a common infection developed by bacteria in the mouth and infects supporting structures of the teeth. It can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss if not properly taken care of.
Preventative care is the best way to treat bacterial infections in the mouth. Prevention assures that these diseases will not multiply and colonize until the situation is out of our control. When cared for properly, oral bacterial infections can be kept under control.
The health of the back teeth of the mouth is often reflected in the front teeth. Consistent brushing and flossing will help build a healthy mouth from the ground up, so you can smile confidently. Eating a well-balanced diet full of nutrient-rich foods will help you keep a confident, healthy smile.
Oral bacteria also come about through systematic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Individuals with systematic diseases are twice as likely to develop an oral bacterial infection. Also, the relative risk of cardiovascular disease is doubled in those with periodontal disease.
For more information on oral bacterial infections, treatment plans, or preventative options, visit with your dentist or oral surgeon today.