Good Bacteria vs Bad Bacteria

There are actually over 700 kinds of bacteria in your mouth, but not all are BAD. A lot of them are truly beneficial to your oral health. When the bad bacteria in your mouth outnumber the good bacteria, it causes an increased risk of gingivitis, periodontal disease, and tooth decay.
Rather than trying to kill all the bacteria in the mouth, controlling the growth of bad bacteria in your mouth is more crucial for your oral health care.


Good Bacteria
Your mouth needs GOOD bacteria. Good bacteria tend to thrive in neutral to high pH environments. When you have an abundance of good mouth bacteria, these help kill the bad bacteria that can lead to oral health problem such as bad breath, dry mouth, cavities or gum problems.


Bad Bacteria
If you have excessive levels of BAD mouth bacteria, this can increase your risk of developing cavities, tooth decay, gum inflammation, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and even bad breath.