While we can’t see them, feel them or taste them, our mouths can host to over 700 strains of bacteria. On average, humans can host about 30 – 70 different strains most of them doing us no harm- but there are other species in the mix that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, all of this can be easily controlled with a healthy diet, routinely oral care practices and regular visits to your dentist. Check out the pictures below to get a better understanding of the microscopical party that’s hosted in our mouths.
This is what your tooth is made up of
Who knew Calcium Phosphate Crystal would look so pretty? This is what makes up your tooth and is created more when there is remineraliztion. When demineralization occurs the bacteria that are normally found in the mouth use the sugars and carbohydrates from the food we eat to produce acids that dissolve the tooth structure, depleting it of calcium and phosphorous.
Here is what bacteria looks like on your teeth
The blue stuff is bacteria hanging around on the enamel of your tooth. The red dots would be the red blood cells. Now imagine if you go days without brushing your teeth….
No this isn’t gold dust on your teeth, it’s the bacteria you let hang around for sometime. It turns into plaque(the yellow surface). The less you brush, the higher risk you run for Gum disease. Eventually the plaque can cover the tooth and get under the gum line.
Plaque,it’s so squishy!
How can something that looks so cuddly be so harmful to us? Here is the bacteria turned into plaque at 1000 x magnification. Lets keep this cuddle buddy away from our teeth.
Plaque on your toothbrush
Here’s the bristles of a toothbrush brush covered in plaque. Looks like the tooth brush partied a little too hard with neon paint.
Here’s some more silly string, I mean plaque, on your toothbrush bristles.Dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least 2 times a day for 2 minutes.
What a tooth with a cavity looks like
Did you know that tooth cavities can be prevented by rinsing acids off the teeth. ACIDS ALONE EAT THE ENAMEL. Simply rinse acids from your teeth promptly with water after having a sports drink or acidic foods. Here is an interesting fact, 60% of American youths ages 8-10 have no cavities., while 98% of Ugandan youths ages 6-10 have no cavities. The reason Ugandan youths have 3 times better teeth than American youths is because they do not consume as many acid foods, have regular meals rather than sipping acid drinks all day, and have more calcium and phosphate in their diet.