Does One Part of Your Mouth Tend to Be Dirtier Than the Rest?
Posted on 5/29/2020 by Louis Taglia Jr. DDS
You may wonder about your mouth's level of cleanliness. This can be a concern, especially for people who suffer from halitosis or bad breath. This can also be a concern for others, as a buildup of bacteria can lead to gum disease and the formation of cavities. Furthermore, a dirty mouth can lead to other health conditions, including stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. The following information can give you a better idea of bacteria build-up.
Are Certain Parts of the Mouth Dirtier?
To learn how bacteria can manifest in the mouth, making certain areas dirtier, you need to understand a little bit about the composition of saliva. Saliva is considered good, as it is made mainly of water and used to digest food. It also is designed to protect the teeth and gums. Four types of bacteria are found in human saliva, some of which are harmful. For example, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus can be a problem in compromised immune systems. Otherwise, they are not considered harmful. Streptococcus in the mouth turns sugar into acid, which dissolves the enamel and leads to decay. Lactobacillus also does the same thing. Coli also can be found in the mouth, and acts as a pathogen. If any part of the mouth is dirtier, it is the tongue, which readily collects bacteria. Make sure you brush your tongue along with your teeth. To keep your mouth healthy and clean, make sure your brush after eating and use an antiseptic mouthwash. We are here to help you keep regularly scheduled cleanings and checkups. In between your dental visits here, eat a nutritious and healthy diet. Focus on eating a variety of fruits, grains, dairy, and vegetables. If you have questions about your oral health, we can answer them. What you don't know can hurt you, if you don't take an interest in keeping your mouth and teeth clean.