28Mar

Bacterias Create Need for Cosmetic Dentistry

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Few people really look forward to going to the dentist, but keeping up with oral health by daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular checkups with your dentist are essential to your overall wellbeing. After all, “Do you want to risk an infection in the biggest hole in your head?” asks Amy Shira Teitel.

Did you know that over 700 types of bacteria can live in our mouths? Though, on average, most people only carry between 34 and 72 types of bacteria at a time. While some bacterias like probiotics help digest food and others protect our gums, there’s plenty of bad bacteria that builds up daily, giving us the need to brush twice a day.

Bad Bacterias

Streptococcus Mutans

Feeds on sugars and starches you eat, creating enamel-eroding acids, which leads to tooth decay and erosion.

Porphyromonas Gingivalis

Linked to periodontitis, which affects soft tissue and bone that support the teeth, creating tooth loss.

Plaque

Film that builds up on your teeth that produces enamel destroying acids.

Cleanings with your dentist ensure your plaque is removed, but if left too long, plaque hardens into tartar, which can go below your gums, creating inflammation and leaving you open to infection. Tartar makes way for the infection to go into your bloodstream, which circulates through your whole body.

Infected blood can lead to atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries, constricting blood flow and leaving you susceptible to heart attack. Clogged arteries also make it difficult for blood to circulate to the brain, making you vulnerable to stroke.

A study in Osaka, Japan found that a quarter of their stroke victims had a rare bacteria in their saliva, linking oral bacteria with stroke.

Much more research is needed because we just don’t know if reducing risk of oral disease could help fight against other illnesses like stroke, heart attack, and even Alzheimer’s Disease. Nevertheless, keeping regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist ensures that you’re doing your part to fight potential infection stemming from oral health.

Patients that do not see dentists and do not brush and floss regularly often find themselves with irreparable decay and tooth loss, calling for cosmetic dentistry to fix the gaps in their smiles. If you find yourself in need of cosmetic dentistry in Las Vegas to repair missing or damaged teeth, visit James White’s cosmetic dentistry team. We specialize in reconstructive dentistry to give you back a healthier smile. Visit our website or call to learn more.