"Pearly White Facts"


Streptococcus mutans
was my choice of organism because I wish to someday pursue a career as a dentist.  I decided that because of this as my future career choice, I should find out what bacteria will perhaps someday cause me to put dental services to work.

Unfortunately Streptococcus mutans is not beneficial to humans, however there are many ways you can prevent this bacteria from causing you and your teeth harm.

Ways to Prevent S. mutans harm:

  • First and foremost oral hygiene. 
    This is essential in preventing dental caries.  It is important to visit your family dentist for professional cleanings every six months, brush twice a day and floss daily.  Taking these measures 
    will aid in preventing dental caries.

  • Dental sealants.
    These are a thin plastic-like coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of molars.  This coating prevents plaque from building up in the deep pits of teeth.

  • Fluoride
    Fluoride is often recommended to protect against dental caries.  People that ingest fluoride or have fluoride treatments usually have fewer dental caries.

Also the ADA (American Dental Association) recommends the following for good oral hygiene:

  • Image found in Microsoft FrontPage clipart.Brush your teeth twice a day with ADA accepted fluoride toothpaste, and a tooth brush with soft bristles.

  •  Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.  Decay causing bacteria (which you now know is Streptococcus mutans) still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach.  Flossing removes plaque and food particles that form between teeth and under the gum line.

  •  Eat a balanced diet and limit between meal snacks.


  •  Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

The previous steps and recommendations to prevent S. mutans from becoming a problem for you are very helpful and useful if put into affect.  I hope this website provided sufficient information to inform you about Streptococcus mutans and the harm it can cause your teeth, and by learning this information I hope the recommendations provided are put to use


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