Welcome to the Main Street Dental Blog, your home for all of the latest oral health news you and your family need to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Your Canon City dentist, Dr. Brady Sefcik, hopes his patients will utilize the information presented in our blog to keep up with the best oral health practices and what’s new in the world of dentistry. A lot of recent breakthroughs promise to dramatically change how patients’ teeth are treated in the future, and the Main Street Dental blog will provide you with all of the oral health news worth knowing.
Let’s start off our very first post by asking a simple question – What do you really know about your mouth?
A growing amount of research has found compelling links between a patient’s oral health and his or her overall health. As the studies continue to mount, it’s become clear that in order to enjoy quality health overall, patients need to enjoy quality oral health. So the more you know about your oral health, the better prepared you’ll be to keep your mouth healthy and happy.
With that in mind, let’s test what you really know about your mouth!
How much bacteria does your mouth typically contain?
While the answer may make your inner germaphobe a little squeamish, the average human mouth contains billions of bacteria. In fact, if you haven’t brushed your teeth in awhile, you may have more bacteria in your mouth than there are people on Earth!
Researchers have identified over 700 different species of microbes – microscopic living things such as bacteria – that thrive in the mouths of humans. Don’t worry. Most of these bacteria are actually healthy and an important part of well balanced microbiome.
Is a dog’s mouth really cleaner than a human’s?
Have you seen what a dog eats? Of course humans have a cleaner mouth, as there’s really no scientific explanation for this urban myth. While humans, dogs and cats all have roughly the same number the oral bacteria, there are over 100 different types of germs that live in your pets’ mouths that can make you sick.
Can you eat something that dropped on the floor without worrying about germs if you pick it up in under five seconds?
While it is true that the longer something remains on the floor the more germs it will accumulate, the “five second rule” doesn’t provide you with any grace period to eat a food item before it becomes contaminated. Once that cookie hits the floor it immediately begins to collect bacteria, making it a risk to eat depending on how clean the floor.
Does kissing someone with gum disease give you gum disease?
While gum disease affects millions of Americans, it’s not contagious. Bacteria can transfer between two people during a kiss, but bacteria that causes gum disease isn’t infectious. Gum disease is caused by the inflammation of unhealthy gum tissue, which typically occurs when patients fail to brush and floss regularly, not from whom they kiss.
Is it okay to share a toothbrush?
Can we just say ewww to this one? Bacteria thrives on damp surfaces like a toothbrush. And while it’s unlikely you can pass infectious bacteria with a partner by sharing a toothbrush, there’s no reason to take that chance. Spend the dollar to buy your own brush or ask Canon City dentist Dr. Brady Sefcik for one during your next appointment at Main Street Dental.