Why compare sweat and body odor to bacteria and mouth odor! Mostly for fun, partly for information, and possibly for motivation!
This blog is not for the squeemish or the faint unless they can use this information as a motivation for regular, thorough brushing and flossing and dental visits. The terms are not particularly scientific, but we have found them to be more easily understood. Please read on! Our goal is for your improved oral health. And maybe you will want to exercise more for the satisfaction that only good ‘clean’ sweat can bring!
There are two basic kinds of sweat. There is the “sedentary sweat” which is produced by apocrine glands located at the base of hair follicles in the scalp, groin, and armpits. Apocrine sweat is laced with the shirt-yellowing fats and proteins that bacteria like to snack on, whereas “exercise sweat” is produced by eccrine glands, and is mostly water and salt. Apocrine produces the clammy, musky, I-wish-he-wasn’t-sitting-by-me sweat, while eccrine makes the clear, odorless droplets running down an active body.
There are multiple kinds of bacteria! The good guys – beneficial bacteria associated with a healthy mouth, healthy gums, and the bad, harmful bacteria that build up over time that are responsible for bad breath, bleeding, pussy, infected gums (gingivitis) and the progression to periodontal disease which always includes the loss of the bone that supports the teeth. Bone loss due to periodontal disease is always permanent so it is best to prevent it from happening or stop it in its tracks so that it does not continue!
So how can we fight this grossness?
(Gum disease, Periodontal disease, bleeding, pus and infection in gums and supporting bone)
Glad you asked! Bacteria are constantly accumulating on your teeth and gums. It takes a few hours for the bacteria to get ‘clingy’ enough to cause harm. the clingy film of bacteria and food is called plaque. So, brushing correctly a couple times a day plus flossing at least once a day seems to be enough to manage routine plaque build up. Once the soft plaque has solidified with minerals like in this photo, it can no longer be brushed off. Thats where dental professionals – dentists and dental hygienists – can help. We can diagnose what is needed to get the teeth and gums healthy and then show you how to keep them that way. Even with some bone loss, if periodontal disease and gum disease is treated early you can still keep your teeth for years.
Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are ‘exercise’ for your teeth and gums. AND, You dont have to worry about sweat with this kind of exercise!
Please contact our office for further information!
Yours for better dental health,