Bacterial count in mouth higher than in a mouse


By Chi-hao James Lo ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Clinical oral health experts have recently discovered that, regardless of the fact that most people have been taught to brush their teeth from an early age, often the methods used and routines adopted are generally wrong, causing over 90 percent of the adult population to develop periodontal diseases. Studies have shown that the oral bacteria count in a regular adult is as high as 9999RLU, the equivalent of having 99,000 bacteria, five times higher than that of a mouse dropping, documented to be up to 2000RLU. Dentists have advised that aside from brushing three times a day, people should develop a habit of rinsing after every meal, as well as flossing to protect the gums and dental plaque from gingivitis and Periodontitis.

Hsu Ching-ling (徐慶玲), a dentist and expert in oral diseases, stated that dental bacteria can cause a chemical reaction in the immune system. Those who neglect dental hygiene for long periods have a higher likelihood of developing cardiovascular diseases. Premature births and underweight infants have also been attributed to poor dental hygiene during pregnancy, and in rare but severe cases it has been documented as a cause of miscarriages. Hsu suggests a moderate speed during teeth brushing, with the optimum time using a regular brush being from three to five minutes and at least two minutes with an electronic brush.

Shuang Ho Hospital Department of Dentistry Chief and Taiwan Dental Association Executive Director Chief Huang Mao-suan (黃茂栓) has also said that flossing and the use of interdental brushes have proven to be helpful in cleaning areas unreachable to normal brushes, and the most important procedure of oral care is brushing before bed.