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In The USA alone, an estimated 61 million people have untreated dental caries (cavities).  So humanity benefits immensely from education and reminders on dental hygiene.

  • When you masticate (chew food), minute portions you don’t swallow are leftovers feeding the bacteria in your mouth
  • The same goes for sweet beverages such as milk, juice, or soda pop
  • Such beverages throughout the day provide a regular food source for bacteria, more than drinking all at once
  • Bacteria feasting on leftovers multiply wildly by the process mitosis
  • They multiply so quickly that they colonize in about 1/2 day as a bacterial biofilm on your teeth, which you can feel with your tongue
  • There are ~25,000 bacteria species in your mouth, ~1,000 of which contribute to this biofilm
  • This biofilm is also known as dental plaque
  • If plaque is not removed, it hardens to tartar (calculus) on your teeth in as little as 26 hours
  • Tartar blocks the benefits of saliva & dental hygiene, because it is so hard that a dental hygienist must scrape it off
  • Bacteria feasting on leftover food and beverage secrete (sounds better than urinate or poop) acids that demineralize your teeth
  • This demineralization devolves to gingivitis, caries, gum disease, bad breath, tooth loss, fillings, pain, dentist needles, & $$$$
  • Gum bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis promotes dysbiosis (imbalance of harmful bacteria vs beneficial bacteria), exacerbating periodontitis (gum disease leading to tooth loss)
  • Bacterial growth rate shows why you must remove food, beverage, and biofilm from your teeth twice each day
  • Dental hygiene is especially important just before bed, as reduced salivary flow while sleeping allows the bacteria to party hard all night long.
  • Water picks assist if you have braces, but do not adequately remove plaque
  • Brushing removes food and biofilm off the front and back of your teeth
  • Flossing removes junk stuck between your teeth
  • Pointing bristles toward your gums while brushing also removes beverages, food, and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums
  • Toothbrushes labeled “Soft” may cause less wear on your teeth over time
  • For this same reason, do not push hard on your teeth with your toothbrush

A BIG THANK YOU TO DENTISTS, DENTAL HYGIENISTS, AND STAFF WHO DONATE THEIR SERVICES AT LOW INCOME HEALTH CLINICS. ;-].

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