Posts Tagged ‘bacteria’

Do you get canker sores (recurrent aphthous stomatitis)? If you do, this article explains the causes for them. Frequently they are caused by some sort of imbalance in the body and the bacteria present are able to create these sores. Read more about it: Canker Sores

At your next visit, ask us about canker sores especially if you frequently get them.

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Ever wonder what the dirtiest part of your body is?  Your Mouth is one of those areas. Your mouth contains MILLIONS of bacteria. A new study shows that tobacco use will increase the bad bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria typically create a biofilm (community) to live in.

“Once a pathogen establishes itself within a biofilm, it can be difficult to eradicate as biofilms provide a physical barrier against the host immune response, can be impermeable to antibiotics and act as a reservoir for persistent infection,” Scott said. “Furthermore, biofilms allow for the transfer of genetic material among the bacterial community and this can lead to antibiotic resistance and the propagation of other virulence factors that promote infection. (Hutcherson, June 20)”

Read More at: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160531082619.htm

University of Louisville. (2016, May 31). Tobacco smoke makes germs more resilient. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 20, 2016 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160531082619.htm

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What do all of these things have in common? According to an article recently published in Medical News Today, kissing a person for 10-seconds transfers about 80 million bacteria from one mouth to the other. How does this affect me? Are you a person who has never had dental decay in your life and one day you go in and have several new areas of decay? Well this is one of the potential reasons for the new decay.

While here in the office, we often stress the need to scrape your tongue. Why is this so important? The article states that bacteria only stays in your saliva for a small period of time, however the bacteria stay on the tongue longer. Your tongue has these finger-like projections that allow the bacteria to stay on it longer if not scraped.

Read more at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/285563.php

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There has been new research published by a doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital to show there is a link between Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Oral inflammation. The article looks at patients who have RA and the prevalence of certain bacteria which causes inflammation in RA and the oral cavity. The bacteria found to cause inflammation in both was Phorphymonas Gingivalis. This emphasizes the importance of controlling your oral health for your overall health and vice versa.

Read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150312123526.htm

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Each time you come in to the office and sit in our chair, we check to see how your saliva flow is. Why is that we check? Saliva contains many important proteins that protect your teeth. They have minerals which can help re-mineralize your teeth. A new article published further explains the importance of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps flush the food through your teeth and prevents the formation of biofilm (the soft plaque which bacteria uses to cause acid). Read more at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/285285.php

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We all know milk is good for you but we never understood how we figured this one out. Consumption of milk goes back about 5,000 years. How did we find out people in the past drank milk? Scientist tested their dental calculus (tartar build up) for a protein that is present in milk called beta-lactoglobulin. Interesting to see how scientist can use dental tartar to understand the past. Today we understand milk is good for strong bones and great for calcium. Keep drinking that milk!

For more information read the full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141127094944.htm

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Before you kiss that special someone, do you ever wonder what you are transferring back and forth in your saliva? According to an article published in the Boston Metro, couples who kiss more often, transfer up to 80 million bacteria to each other. Couples tend to share the same bacterial germs (same type of bacteria). Check out the article: http://www.metro.us/lifestyle/this-week-in-health-kissing-transfers-80-million-bacteria/zsJnku—KvoTsUeAVlbtY/

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Lemons in your water

Naturally when you go out to a restaurant, you ask for a lemon in your water. Well after this article in the Huffington Post, you may not want to add lemon to your water anymore. Not only does the lemon make your water more acidic but it also harbors a large amount of bacteria. The article discusses possible reasons for an increase in the amount of bacteria on a lemon. The next time you ask for a lemon in your water, think twice. 


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When was the last time you changed your toothbrush?

It is best to change to a new toothbrush every 3 months.  After the 3 month mark, a toothbrush is much less effective because the bristles have gone through enough wear and tear.  When the bristles break down they are less effective at getting rid of plaque.

If you however get a flu, cold, or virus be sure to change your toothbrush right after.  The germs in your mouth can collect on your brush and mutate, and if

Changing toothbrushes

How often do you change your toothbrush?

used continuously can actually make you sick again.  Bacteria naturally collects on your toothbrush whether your sick or not, so be sure to change your toothbrush regularly!

Ask for a toothbrush the next time your at your dentist, that way you’ll remember to change your brush and attend your bi-yearly check up!

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