Ying and Yang of Mouth Bacteria
We all have good and bad bacteria microbes that inhabit our bodies. Our immune system is responsible for fending off harmful organisms like bacteria, fungi and viruses while maintaining a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria. Our immune system may fail to maintain a natural bacterial balance when the immune system is weakened, hormones change, smoking, good bacteria is destroyed, dry mouth syndrome occurs, and ph balance and acidity levels are thrown off kilter. Certain medications such as chemotherapy, antibiotics and steroids can trigger an imbalance in bacteria. Medical conditions such as diabetes and anemia may foster a bacterial imbalance. Denture wear may also put you at risk for imbalance of your bacteria.
Bacterial imbalance is also a root cause for diseases and oral conditions such as thrush and gum disease. In the end, our bodily systems are not immune to the concept of Ying and Yang.
For these reasons, it’s important to know how to maintain your balance of good and bad bacteria.
To maintain the proper balance of good and bad bacteria in your mouth, consider these tips:
• Drink plenty of H2O and rinse your mouth at least twice daily and more often following the use of medications and asthma inhalers.
• Brush you teeth twice daily and floss to remove bacteria causing food debris between your teeth.
• Limit intake of sugar and yeast-containing foods to prevent the growth of fungal Candida. Eat fresh culture yogurt containing lactobacillus acidophilus or bifid bacterium. Ask you physician about acidophilus capsules if you are taking antibiotics.
• Visit your dentist for general dentistry check ups at least twice a year or more often when recommended by your dentist.
• Maintain a healthy balance of biofilms, a layer of bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens, in your mouth. A select number of dentists offer biofilm treatment if your biofilms are out of order.
If you are interested in fighting off your biofilms, call Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas dentist certified in biofilm treatment at (512) 452-9296.