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Microbes and Gum Disease

Breaching The Barrier

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Now you know a word that hasn't even made it into many mainstream biology textbooks. You might want to remember it though. It may have important implications for the future of your oral health. Archaea is a class of microbes that look like bacteria but are actually completely different. Commonly found in nature, they have never been associated with disease. But now, for the first time, these microbes have been linked with periodontal (gum) disease. The more abundant the archaea in the mouth, the more severe the gum disease. Scientists suspect that the archaea microbes do not directly cause gum disease but contribute to it by creating a friendly environment for the bacteria that do cause it.

When bacteria are allowed to build up on your teeth, they create plaque, an invisible sticky film that can harden into tartar. Over time, tartar damages your gums which are a natural barrier that protects the inner tissues of your mouth. When this barrier is breached, harmful germs can cause bone loss, tooth loss, and may even enter your bloodstream.

How can you prevent progressive periodontal disease? Don't let your home care routine lapse. Brushing morning and night, flossing once a day, getting enough rest, and eating nutritiously are important steps for good dental care. Be sure to maintain your regularly scheduled visits with us to help control the bacteria-producing plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and below your gumline.

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