Did you know that you may have up to 1000 different kinds of bacteria in your mouth?
This can be fine at healthy levels, but when you get an excess amount, it can really do some damage to your oral health.
That’s because bacteria in the mouth thrive on foods with lots of sugar and starch (milk, soft drinks, candy, or raisins). As the bacteria in the mouth feed on those sugars on the teeth, they produce acid which will destroy tooth enamel. This can result in decay, cavities, and unhealthy gums. The good news is that there are ways to help prevent these problems.
Brush Your Teeth
The most basic and easiest way to reduce the amount of bacteria and plaque on your teeth is to simply brush them. It is recommended that you brush two times a day, but any time you can brush after a meal be beneficial. Also remember to use a soft-bristle toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and brush at an angle and not too hard to prevent receding gums.