Think of your mouth as a garden of oral flora. In this environment, more than 1,300 types of bacteria and other microorganisms “flower,” according to an article published in Protein & Cell.
Like any environment within your body, your mouth “garden” is a microbiome. It consists of good bacteria (aka beneficial oral flora – an actual dental term) to keep you healthy — as long as it’s in balance.
When disruptions in your oral microbiome happen, decay can take hold. But there are ways to ensure dental diseases, such as cavities and gum disease, don’t rot your “garden” – letting beneficial oral flora flourish.