Germs That Lurk in Your Mouth

Recognizing National Dental Hygiene Month, October.

Did you know there are more than 600 species of germs that live in your mouth?

Most germs are harmless. They are digested along with food and killed by stomach acids, and others are eradicated by enzymes in saliva. But there also are several types of bacteria that create oral health problems because they attack tooth enamel causing decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

During the month of October, dental professionals remind us to avoid oral health problems by practicing good habits to keep teeth and gums healthy.

Review these tips:

  • Brush teeth at least two minutes, twice a day
  • Floss between teeth every day
  • Schedule regular dental appointments
  • Reduce consumption of sugary foods and drinks, especially before bedtime
  • Consume alcohol in moderation
  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco

Daily brushing and flossing only removes two-thirds of the plaque and bacteria on your teeth. That is why it’s important to schedule regular dental checkups to have your oral health reviewed and the remainder of the plaque removed before it causes damage.

Remember to take care of your teeth and gums for lifelong good health!

When did you last schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and checkup? Do you need dental insurance? Did you know Ameritas offers group and individual dental plans?


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