oral bacteria

Things You Didn’t Know About Oral Bacteria

When we think about bacteria, we usually think about harmful organisms. However, that’s not always true. Good and bad bacteria live in our bodies – we have hundreds of bacterial species in our mouths alone. Some of these organisms are actually beneficial to keep our teeth and gums in good health. 

Key takeaways:

  • Without good bacteria in the mouth, it would be harder for our stomachs to digest food. On the other hand, too many harmful bacteria in the mouth increase the risk of having cavities or gum disease.
  • Balance between good and bad bacteria is crucial. You can maintain it by limiting sugary and acidic foods, staying hydrated, and consuming probiotics.
  • A consistent oral hygiene routine also helps maintain the balance.

And of course, regular checkups with your dentist are important. Your dentist can detect problems associated with bacteria imbalance — and can advise you.

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/bacteria-in-your-mouth-its-not-always-a-bad-thing/ 

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.