The fundamental cause of gum disease, tooth decay and even bad breath lies with the bacteria found in your mouth or, more broadly, your oral cavity.
The “bad” bacteria are also sometimes referred to as pathogens (the Greeks used the word “pathos” to refer to disease, or a bad experience and “gen” can mean “to create or cause”). So a pathogen=create a disease.
A pathogen is usually a bacteria or virus that causes illness, disease or infection.
Here is a simple example of how this works in your mouth:
The medical word for your gums is “gingiva” and so from this we get the condition called “gingivitis” which is when the gum tissue around your teeth become inflamed and red.
How does this happen?
The points here are:
In that study, the authors covered several of the primary proposed mechanisms by which oral probiotics act:
This covers the main mechanisms by which oral probiotics are seen to produce a beneficial effect in your mouth. Hopefully this makes more sense to you and you will find this information helpful in your journey to creating great oral health.
As the authors of the above reference study* stated in their conclusion:
“Lactobacillus and S. salivarius had inhibitory effect on periodontal pathogens in the oral microflora.”
Or, in simpler terms, the test oral probiotics helped to inhibit, slow down, the growth of bad bacteria in the mouth.
* S, Routh & Pai, Mithun & Rajesh, G & MDS, Shenoy R. (2018). EFFECT OF LACTOBACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS AND STREPTOCOCCUS SALIVARIUS ON GROWTH OF PERIODONTAL PATHOGENS – AN IN-VITRO STUDY. International Journal of Advanced Research. 6. 607-612. 10.21474/IJAR01/7073.
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Your teeth are pretty amazing creations.
Like any part of the body, the full breakdown can get really complicated. But let’s leave the complications to scientists and researchers. To effectively take care of your teeth, you only need to understand the 3 basic parts: the outer layer, the central zone and the inner core. (The enamel/cementum, dentin and the pulp)