What is Oral Microbiome?

Posted by Seattle Dental Care May 26, 2023

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What is Oral Microbiome?

The oral microbiome is a complex ecosystem that plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health and overall well-being. It is a community of microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes.

The human mouth is home to a diverse array of microorganisms, with over 700 different species of bacteria alone. While some of these microorganisms can be harmful and contribute to oral diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease, many others are beneficial and help maintain a healthy balance.

The oral microbiome interacts with the host's immune system and the environment within the mouth. Factors such as diet, oral hygiene practices, saliva composition, and the presence of dental restorations can influence the composition and balance of the oral microbiome.

When the oral microbiome is in a state of imbalance, it can lead to oral diseases and health conditions. For example, an overgrowth of certain harmful bacteria, such as Streptococcus mutans can contribute to the development of dental caries (tooth decay). Similarly, an imbalance in the oral microbiome can contribute to periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis. This imbalance has also been associated with various conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and even certain cancers.

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At Seattle Dental Care, our holistic dentist and hygienist will perform an oral microbiome and pH testing as part of your routine biological cleaning to better understand your oral health and to personalize your at-home oral care.  This way, we can target the harmful bacteria that you may have in your oral cavity while maintaining good microbial.

If you're ready to experience the best biological dental care, please contact natural dentist near me at (206) 728-1330 or visit us at 2107 Elliott Ave Ste 210, Seattle, WA 98121. We will be happy to guide you further.

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