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Do you brush, floss, and use mouthwash every day, hoping to clean out all the bacteria in your mouth? Would you be surprised to learn that removing all the bacteria from your mouth is impossible or that—even if it were possible—removing all the bacteria in your mouth would be bad for your oral health?

Of course, there are definitely bacteria you should remove. For instance, plaque comes from these bad bacteria. Sadly, plaque may erode your teeth and cause cavities. If not removed, plaque could harden into tartar, which can’t be removed without specialized tools. Clearly, you want to remove the bacteria that lead to this type of problem.

Conversely, good bacteria can actually help you avoid dental diseases. Specifically, the good bacteria inside your mouth will regulate the effects of bad bacteria. This is extremely important because your mouth will never be completely free from bacteria. This means that keeping your mouth full of good bacteria can help you fight off disease.

Similarly, the good bacteria in your mouth can help with digestion because it will start breaking food down as soon as you start eating. We recommend getting plenty of probiotics to keep good bacteria in your mouth. You can get probiotics through a number of foods including yogurt, sauerkraut, dark chocolate, pickles, and soft cheeses. You can also try taking a supplement.

If you would like to learn more please feel free to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you.