Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Miami Dentist Explains The Benefits Good Bacteria in Your Mouth

Miami dentist on Wine
Miami Dentist explains the benefits good bacteria in your mouth

According to Miami Beach dentist, Dr. Kaplan, there are bacteria everywhere, including your mouth. The human mouth is full of bacteria. Estimates suggest that adult mouths can contain up to 1,000 different variety of oral bacteria which, when in perfect harmony, are essential organisms for aiding in digestion. However, when those levels get out of whack, the critters can band together to create dental plaque and the assortment of dental problems associated with the growth. Practicing proper oral hygiene and following through on preventative dentistry can help keep that balance in check, especially when backed by the decision to eat specific foods know for fighting oral bacteria.
“These bacteria are necessary,” says Miami dentist, Dr. Kaplan. Oral bacteria are an essential component to the human digestive system as the organisms help break down trace particles of foods and sugars deposited on teeth after consumption. Once sucrose (the chief component in many foods such as carbohydrates and sugars) is located on the teeth, oral bacteria will feast on that food source. As they do, they may band together to form a community (called dental plaque) and will naturally release tooth-eroding acids as a byproduct of their work. Fortunately there are super-foods that are known for reducing the levels of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth.


Believe it or not raisins help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Although some dental care experts advice eating dried fruit with caution as the food can stick to teeth and possible attract oral bacteria, there are compounds in raisins that have been clinically proven to reduce the number of cavity-causing oral bacteria in the mouth. Raisins are naturally rich in phytochemicals, a naturally occurring compound that helps give plants specific characteristics (like scent and color) and are believed to fight a number of diseases. Raisins have been found to have a healthy mix of five of those compounds and tests have showed that raisins made from Thompson Grapes are effective in lowering levels of cavity causing Streptococcus mutans.
Red Wine

Wine is great with diner and great at parties, but did you know that numerous studies have shown that consuming wine in moderation can have health benefits. Wine is rich in antioxidants, and has been shown to boost heart health and is sometimes used to fight the common cold. Red wine is produced from a pressing of grapes and the hue is attributed to the fruit skin being included in the mix. The skin has been found to contain polyphenols that has been proven to kill Streptococcus mutans.

While all these foods can indeed help fight unhealthy levels of oral bacteria, brushing, flossing, eating healthy foods and seeing a dentist regularly are still the best ways to help prevent cavities.
Miami Beach dentist, Dr. Kaplan, takes pride in creating beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. He enjoys making a difference in his patient’s lives through patient education, innovative dentistry, and state-of-the-art dental care. Dr. Kaplan believes that dentistry is a science and an art.
If you are unhappy with your smile call our office to make an appointment with Miami Beach dentist, Dr. Kaplan. Call our team at 305-531-1633 to schedule an appointment. We specialize in restoring dental implants, teeth whitening, dental veneers, dental crowns, dental bridges, cosmetic dentistry, dental emergencies, and restorative dentistry.

Miami Beach dentist, Dr. Kaplan, proudly serves the Miami Beach, North Miami Beach, South Beach, Miami, Coral Gables, South Miami, and other local areas. Please tell your friends about our dental practice.

Miami Beach Dentist Dr. Kaplan
Alan S. Kaplan D.M.D
Miami Dentist
400 Arthur Godfrey Road Suite # 502
 Miami Beach, FL 33140
T: 305-531-1633