Beautiful Smiles: Beware of This Oral Bacteria…
Why We Don’t like S. Mutans
Did you know? There are over 700 DIFFERENT STRAINS of bacteria present in the human mouth! However, most of these strains are totally harmless, and actually needed to support a healthy oral environment. And with regard to the bad bacteria, the good news is, we can control these with proper oral hygiene practices.
In this article, we’re going to talk about a certain type of oral bacteria that we probably dislike the most: STREPTOCOCCUS MUTANS. Sounds scary, right? Well, our downtown Guelph dentist doesn’t think it’s anything a tooth brush, dental floss and a healthy diet can’t defeat!
About Streptococcus Mutans
Also known as “strep mutans” or “s. mutans”, this bacteria uses the sugars and carbohydrates we put in our mouths to create enamel-attacking acids. Every time you consume these kinds of foods, these acids attack your teeth through a process referred to as “demineralization”… or essentially, losing important minerals from your teeth. When your teeth are under attack more than they’re given the opportunity to repair themselves or “remineralize”, this is when cavities will eventually form.
Interestingly enough, we aren’t actually born with these bacteria in our mouths. We’re generally first infected by strep mutans when we are babies, after we make some kind of mouth-to-mouth contact with our mother, or another caregiver.
Win The Fight Against S. Mutans
While hosting strep mutans in our mouths may just be a fact of life, we can take the steps to prevent its harmful effects. Try your best everyday to eat a healthy diet rich in the right foods, and low in sugars and carbs. Brush your teeth twice a day for 160 seconds (two minutes) each time, and floss every day. Don’t forget to see your dentist and hygienist for a check-up and cleaning every 6 months.
These are the kinds of habits that s. mutans aren’t too fond of… but your smile deeply appreciates!
Dr. Coman Dentistry
85 Norfolk Street, Suite 308
Guelph, ON N1H 4J4