How to Kill Bacteria Hiding Between
Your Teeth

April 18, 2008, last Updated November 6, 2012

By Susan M. Callahan, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist
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As a nation, we Americans like to take care of our teeth.  The
brilliantly white smile is something of an American trademark.
However, not all Americans have great teeth. According to the
Centers for Disease Control, 25% of all children between the
ages of 2 and 5 have tooth decay. And, perhaps more
shocking,
25% of all Americans over the age of 65 have lost all
their teeth
.  That's 1 out of every 4 of us. What's going on?
How can we prevent tooth decay and keep all our teeth for all
our lives? Are there simple remedies for cleaning out the
bacteria in our mouths? Specifically, how can we clean out the
bacteria between our teeth?

Think of your mouth as a city. There are buildings -- your
teeth. But the inhabitants, the citizens, in your mouth are the
bacteria that live there.

Many different species of bacteria live in your mouth.
Streptococcus salivarious, Streptococcus mutans, and
actinomyces, to name a few. Some are good citizens, helping to
break down food. Others are criminals.

Bad bacteria in your mouth tend to either like to live out in the
open or they are the type that like to live in dark places, in
hiding.

The reason is simple. The bacteria that live on oxygen, that
breath oxygen, so to speak, live out in the open. These are
called aerobic bacteria.

The bacteria that do not need oxygen or which cannot breath
oxygen live in dark tight spaces where air cannot reach them
and kill them. They hide from oxygen.  These bacteria are called
anaerobic, and they live in the dark spaces between your teeth
and under your gum line.

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Steptoccus mutans (S.mutans) is one of the worst anaerobic,
cave-dwelling bacteria in your mouth. It feeds on the sugar
you eat -- any sucrose, fructose-- and as a byproduct of its
feasting, it releases acid, which in turn burns holes in your
teeth causing cavities.


Is there ay common product which can kill the bacteria like S.
mutans which hide between your teeth? Yes, there is.


Hydrogen peroxide is the most effective killer of bacteria that
live in the dark spaces of your mouth.
Research published by
the Journal of Dental Hygiene and conducted by Kelly Tilhacek
and Kristin Taake, has confirmed the results of several other
research studies, that a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide
works as a bacteriacide.

It kills the S. mutans in your mouth between your teeth and
under your gums. Bicarbonate of soda was also found to be
effective in killing certain bacteria. Interestingly enough, the
combination of bicarbinate and 3% hydrogen peroxide was
also somewhat effective but not as effective as either of these
common products alone.

As the study noted :"These results support the findings by
Rams et al., that sodium bicarbonate is effective against
periodontal pathogens...

The results also support the previous findings by Marshall et
al., that hydrogen peroxide has antibacterial benefits. "

Bottom line? Keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide a staple in
your medicine cabinet to keep dental bacteria at bay.
You should rinse with a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide as
part of your dental hygiene routine. You should also separately
brush with baking soda to kill bacteria.  

Just remember -- look carefully at the bottle of hydrogen
peroxide to ensure that it is a
3% solution. Peroxide 1%
solutions were not found to be effective.

Update:

Killing the bacteria in your mouth
prior to a dental procedure is
a good idea. It may help to cut down on the risk of
septicemia.



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