Oral bacteria are the main reason we spend so much time brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist. When these bacteria are out on control are when problems begin to arise. The main problem of course being tooth decay.
The interesting part is that literally millions of bacteria exist within the mouth. Crazy right? Well, it kind of is. And better yet, scientists have actually been able to pinpoint various bacteria responsible for certain issues.
For one, researchers have found two molecules within the mouth that are responsible for bad breath*: hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan.
Just like human beings, when bacteria feed on items such as food particles in our mouth, waste is created. The waste smells – surprising? Not really. The two molecules we mentioned are the byproducts of this waste responsible for bad breath.
It’s All About Balance
Back to what we mentioned earlier: millions of bacteria. The obvious question is, “Well, if bacteria are what is causing my oral problems, then let’s just get rid of them all?”
Well, it’s not quite that easy unfortunately. Bacteria do serve a purpose in keeping our mouth healthy. The key is to strike a balance.
However, the most resilient oral bacteria are found in the same places that we often miss when brushing and flossing:
- Between the gums and teeth
- Crevice of your tongue
So you’re saying I should focus on these areas? Absolutely!
Most people do not brush their tongue, and that’s fine as long as you tackle the areas between your teeth and gums. Again, balance.
*Other factors may contribute to bad breath such as gastrointestinal problems.