How to Reduce Bacteria Buildup on Teeth
Bacteria cause plaque, tartar, and decay. Although some bacteria are normal and help our digestive tract break down food, an excessive amount of the wrong strain of bacteria can cause real damage. For example, if left to proliferate under the gum line, bacteria will cause gum disease- which is the leading cause of tooth loss. Thus, it’s highly beneficial to remove bacteria as soon as possible. The solution to reducing bacterial buildup is simpler than you think.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime. These are key times to disrupt the bacterial growth process. Overnight our salivary glands do not produce at optimal levels. This allows bacteria to grow. During the day, we feed bacteria along with ourselves as we eat. Brushing at night removes this debris and helps keep your mouth free of harmful bacteria.
Flossing is Essential
If we don’t floss to remove the debris caught between our teeth, it will continually feed bacteria and lead to a host of complications. Gingivitis, periodontitis, cavities, and decay are all caused by neglecting to floss. Remember to floss at least once per day, preferably at bedtime. It isn’t harmful to floss out food particles throughout the day as well.
Mouthwash is Your Friend
Throughout the day, as we eat meals, snacks, and drink beverages, our teeth come into contact with potentially harmful substances like sugar and acid. Mouthwashes are the simplest most beneficial way to clear your mouth of these bacteria-feeding substances. Using a fluoridated mouthwash will help keep your enamel strong. A mouthwash with alcohol will kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
Choosing a mouthwash for midday cleanings won’t harm your teeth like excessive brushing will. A mouthwash simply clears the excess food particles without scratching enamel.
Visit Your Dentist Every 6 Months
Without professional intervention, hidden plaque and bacteria will proliferate and cause decay and disease. Only a dental professional can get to certain hard to reach places, like beneath the gum line and behind the back teeth. Make sure to attend your 6-month check-ups and receive the cleanings you need to keep bacteria in check.
For more information on keeping your mouth clean and bacteria-free, continue to browse the information available on our website. If you have more questions, please feel free to give the office of Dr. Jose-Ruiz a call.