When you have bacteria in your mouth, you are not only putting your oral health at risk. Bacteria in the mouth can lead to other medical problems, including compromising your heart health. According to a 2011 study conducted at the University of Rochester, researchers found that certain strains of bacteria in the mouth traveled through the bloodstream to the heart. People with underlying heart conditions could develop complications when exposed to these strains of bacteria. Speak to your dentist about natural remedies used to control the presence of bacteria in your mouth.
Brushing your teeth regularly removes food particles and strains of bacteria present in your mouth. Brush at least twice a day, especially after meals. Your toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months to limit exposure to bacteria found on the bristles.
Your diet affects the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Avoid foods with high amounts of added sugar. Sugar is broken down by the bacteria in your mouth into acids. The acids have the ability to damage the enamel of your teeth and promote cavities. Foods to avoid include soda, fruit juice, caramels and candy. Drink plenty of water between meals instead of soda to rinse out any leftover food debris and remove bacteria.
Debris on the tongue can promote bad breath because of the presence of bacteria. Use your toothbrush to scrub off food particles before brushing your teeth. As an alternative, use a tongue scraper to get rid of bacteria on the tongue. Floss after meals to remove any food that lodges between your teeth.
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Mouthwash is another natural remedy that helps control the amount of bacteria found in the mouth. Natural mouthwashes can be found over-the-counter and contain ingredients such as cinnamon oil, clove, tea tree oil, peppermint and spearmint. Mint-flavored chewing gum without any sugar is another remedy for controlling the build up of bacteria. Chew gum to stimulate saliva to remove bacteria. Choose varieties of chewing gum that contain the natural sweetener xylitol. Xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria in the mouth.
Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style. Heather is a published novelist with six Amazon bestsellers and a contract through Crescent Moon Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from TCNJ.