Your mouth is filled with bacteria, fungi, and viruses - collectively called the oral microbiome! Some of these microbes are beneficial and can contribute to good oral health. Others are pathogenic and cause damage, leading to painful & visible symptoms of disease.
Cavities (caries) are driven by specific types of bacteria that live in your mouth. These bacteria feed on food particles and release acids that erode your enamel.
Your oral microbiome is associated with everything from recurrent oral infections to conditions including diabetes, heart disease & Alzheimer's disease.
Your mouth is the gateway & mirror to your health.
Specific bacteria in your mouth drive oral conditions like cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Understanding which bacteria you have is the first step in treating it.
The type & abundance of bacteria related to cavities drive your symptoms and risk for more severe oral health conditions. Tracking where you are can indicate if your oral health is improving and provide early warnings when things start to slip.
Certain factors like our diet & hygiene can create an environment in our mouth that harmful bacteria thrive in. By improving your oral health, you can eliminate these harmful bacteria while promoting the beneficial ones.
Former Head of Dentistry, Walmart, Chief Strategy Officer, DSO Strategy, LLC
International speaker, consultant, and writer with a focus on the oral microbiome's connection to systemic disease
Former Associate Professor at NYU School of Dentistry and co-founder of the GLO GOOD Foundation
Former Chief Dental Officer at Quip and best selling author
Former Director of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals and team surgeon for the Chicago Blackhawks