Bacteria and Your Teeth

S. mutans is a bacterium best known for causing cavities in the teeth. The bacteria reside in dental plaque – a sophisticated goocomposed of an elaborate “molecular matrix,” as scientists call it, created by S. mutans that allows the bacteria to invade and thrive in our oral cavity. There, they churn out acid that erodes our teeth away slowly.

Normally, S. mutans confines its mischief to the mouth, but sometimes, particularly after a dental procedure or even after a vigorous bout of flossing, the bacteria enter the bloodstream. This can turn out to be highly unlikely if you make sure to visit your dentist every six months. There are many benefits to seeing your dentist on a regular basis such as:

  • Prevent dental emergencies
  • Avoiding losing your teeth
  • Help maintain overall good oral health
  • Preventing oral cancer

A beautiful, healthy smile is always a good thing. If you have any questions about dental health care or want to keep your smile healthy, please give My Family Dental a call! 480-649-4000.

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