The mouth is filled with bacteria, simple statement that everybody is aware of. How much bacteria? Nowadays it is estimated that the mouth harbors over 600 species of bacteria and over 100 million bacteria per every milliliter of saliva. Every day we produce up to 1, 5 liters of saliva which, during the night is reduced almost to zero, that is why we advise so strongly to brush your teeth before bedtime, because the saliva is not there to clean up anymore. That means that every hour, assuming we are awake for 14 hours a day, we have 107 milliliters of saliva in the mouth. That multiplied with 100 milion….is the number of the stars that you can count? Imagine those little bugs crawling in your mouth at any moment of the day and night……
So, what the bugs do? They are, of course, responsible and linked to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. And periodontal disease is linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease and stroke and arthritis and…….some that we don’t know about, I’m sure.
Diseases such as HIV, blood cell disorders lower the immunity of the body, reducing our capacity to fight the harmless bacteria that naturally habitats in and on our body, and the result is good bacteria is transforming into bad bacteria that is harming us now. And so the gum disease exacerbates. And the inflammation from gums links again with heart and artery blockages and stroke. So, here we are going round the weasel.
What do you do in this case? Look for some signs such as: red, swollen gums; gums that bleed with brush and floss; gums that pulled away from the teeth; bad breath; pus coming from your gums; loose teeth; changes in your bite. Report any of those signs to your dentist, schedule regular checkups, and tell your dentist about any changes in your overall health.
We must work together in this, full of stars, environment, and don’t forget, your mouth is a window into the health of the body!