Bacteria & Tooth Decay

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Did you know that your mouth is home to almost 300 different species of bacteria? Among these, some bacteria are reported to contribute to tooth decay or dental caries.

These bacteria are living organisms, and they eat, reproduce and even discharge waste material that has a negative impact on the oral cavity. The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar from the food and drinks you consume every day, and after consuming sugar, waste material is left behind. This waste material is what we call as dental plaque.

When plaque forms in your teeth, bacteria will easily stick to them that causes the acidic environment in your oral cavity. This process results in wearing down of your enamel and eventually causing dental caries. Some sites of your mouth collect plaque more commonly than other sites. Plaques may collect more on the grooves of the occlusal surface of your molar and premolar than above or below the gingiva.

According to a study done in the University of Florida, Streptococcus mutans, one of the bacteria that causes tooth decay don’t follow the biochemical pathway, which is the main key for all living organisms. The study revealed that the absence of an important biochemical pathway could be the reason why this particular strain of bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) can tolerate a highly acidic environment in the oral cavity, which causes tooth decay.

If you want to learn more about bacteria causing tooth decay, please feel free to contact or visit us at Smiles First Cornwall.

-The Smiles First Cornwall Team

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