Your mouth is teeming with life, all different kinds of life in fact. If you looked at your mouth closely with a microscope you would find viruses, fungi, protozoa, and bacteria!
Of all the different types of microbes living in your mouth, bacteria are the most prevalent. It’s estimated that there are over 100 million bacteria in every milliliter of saliva from more than 600 different species. Now don’t let that little fact affect your sleep!
Normally, most mouth bacteria will do you no harm. Some are swallowed and killed by stomach enzymes; others get attacked by enzymes in saliva and are neutralized.
However, mouth bacteria are responsible for some of the most common bacterial diseases in humans. Here are a few examples of critters living in your mouth!
- Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) and similar related species cause tooth decay (cavities).
- Porphyromonas gingivalis are associated with periodontal (gum) diseases.
- Other types of mouth bacteria include: Staphylococcus epidermidis, Streptococcus salivarius, and Lactobacillus sp.
Wow—do you feel like brushing your teeth now? How about your tongue?! …since that’s where most of these bacteria hang out!!
Keep These Bacteria Under Control
If you’re in reasonably good health and practice good oral hygiene, your mouth sustains a wonderful balance and keeps all of this bacteria in check. Good oral hygiene should include tongue brushing because the majority of “mouth” bacteria likes to hang out on your tongue, particularly the back of it!
…and of course that is 90% of what causes bad breath!
Using the TUNG Brush and Gel System regularly helps your mouth maintain a healthy balance and keeps everything in check! Our tongue brush is designed specifically to clean the rough but tender surface of the tongue, getting rid of the abundant bacteria residing there.
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