Your Mouth Has a Microbiome, Too | Real Simple
This article mentions research on the oral microbiome conducted at the MBL.
Your mouth is home to a complex community of microorganisms, known as the oral microbiome. These microorganisms play a crucial role in maintaining optimal oral health, but their influence extends far beyond just the teeth and gums. The oral microbiome can have a significant impact on overall well-being, even contributing to seemingly unrelated gut diseases and certain cancers. Health experts share surprisingly easy steps you can take right now to improve your dental hygiene and keep your oral microbiome in tip top shape.
What is an oral microbiome?
Cosmetic dentist, Michael Kosdon, DDS, of Smiles of NYC, explains that the oral microbiome is the collection of all bacteria, fungus, and viruses that live in our mouths. “This includes over 20 billion helpful bacteria that live in communities in various areas of the mouth,” he says. “This helpful bacteria can be found in dental plaque, in saliva, and on the tongue, throat, tonsils, and cheeks. Most of this bacteria (99 percent) lives in total harmony with us and protects us from other harmful pathogens.” Read the full story...