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What are oral bacterias ?

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Dr. Michael Tufton
Dentistry 9 years experience
Cause decay/bone los: Some oral bacteria are responsible for cavities and gum disease. The primary cause of cavities is called streptococcus mutans. It adheres to the enamel of teeth and if not brushed away can produce acids that cause cavities. Other bacteria that can be present in the mouth lead to periodontal disease or gum diseases like gingivitis. However, a lot of our oral bacteria are actually prevent disease.

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