Did you know that the only time your mouth is bacteria free is at birth? It's true… Within a few hours after entering into this bacteria-filled world, a normal flora in our mouths will begin to develop. We then start our lifelong relationship with these little critters. A mature mouth is inhabited by 500 to 1000 different types of bacteria, 70 to 80 different types of fungi and a few viruses and even parasites.
So, what to do? How do we manage all these different types of bacteria? Oral health can sometimes be confusing with all the different options on the market. What toothbrush should we buy? Should I be using waxed floss or no wax? While trying to decide, remember the most important factor is you and your mouth. How easy is it to use the product? Let's be honest, it wouldn't be long before most of us would give up on a repetitive task if it was awkward and hard. To find products that are a fit for your mouth might take some trial and error. Don't give up. Find that perfect toothbrush. We should brush two times a day and floss once a day. Pick products that will help you accomplish this effectively.
These little guys will even take up residence on our gums so don't forget to brush everywhere in your mouth, not just your teeth. Even after all that brushing and flossing, each tooth can still have 1,000 to 100,000 bacteria living on it. It beats the alternative – don't brush or floss and you can have 100 million to 1 billion bacteria on each tooth! So let's get busy brushing and flossing.
Also, don't forget to help your little ones brush and floss too. It's hard for them to have the proper dexterity to effectively remove these little bugs. Let them have a trial run and then brush and floss after them. Happy Brushing & Flossing, Everyone!