In a previous blog post, the ingredients of plague were discussed. This is worth repeating because it encourages us to brush our teeth regularly!
The bacteria portion alone in plaque can contain more than 108 bacteria.
There may be 200-400 different species of micro-organisms which include:
But the critters are not just in your mouth. Human cells make up only 43% of the body’s total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.
Knowing this, it’s easy to understand the importance of keeping all the colonists in line.
Your mouth can contain more than 108 different types of bacteria and 200-400 different species of micro-organisms!
THE GOOD NEWS: Small amounts of soap in water kill bacteria and viruses.
Doesn’t it make sense to brush your teeth regularly with pure, natural and organic Tooth Soap®?
Maybe you have heard the MYTH that you shouldn’t brush with soap because it kills all the good bacteria too?
Firstly, the mouth cannot be made sterile. Period. Soap doesn’t sterilize the mouth and leave it sanitized.
Secondly, soap has a wetting ability that allows excess bacteria and other colonists to slide off the tooth surface easily. It cleans oils and other contaminants off of the teeth and gums leaving teeth ready for remineralization.
Thirdly, no matter what you put in your mouth, the oral cavity is in a constant state of flux when it comes to the bacteria and other micro-organisms. This is why I’m leary of the products that claim to put the “beneficial” bacteria back into the mouth, leading one to believe it’s actually that simple. Whatever bacteria that are in the mouth can be disrupted with one brushing. Shortly after, they are back. That’s why we have to brush more than once a day. We are disrupting both the good and so-called “bad” bacteria when we brush. Then they continue to proliferate, again and again.
It is all about keeping the colonists in line. Good bacteria are fed from good food. Whole foods build the immune system, supply the nutrients needed for remineralization of teeth and then brushing keeps the invaders at bay. That is why having a glass of green juice a day is so beneficial. It’s like giving strength to the good critters.
Knowing the ingredients of plaque is a good motivator to encourage all of us to brush our teeth regularly.