Yep! They certainly do. The many, many of millions of [mostly] bacteria, fungi and some protozoans that inhabit our mouths eat the food we eat, digest it and secrete waste products, which are either absorbed through your mouth or are swallowed.
What many people don’t know, is that some waste products have been shown to have beneficial attributes, such as providing you with essential nutrients, metabolizing indigestible compounds, defending against colonization of opportunistic harmful bacteria, stimulating the immune system and contributing to overall health. Which is why we create formulas that aim to keep them around. However, other waste products can be really harmful. We have been focusing on several disease-causing/disease-associated waste products; with particular focus on what is arguably the most detrimental waste product produced by bacteria – acid.
Acid is the fermented sugar by-product of bacteria and yeasts after they consume carbohydrates. For instance, some Staphylococcus species have been shown to secrete acid into your mouth to a level that is equivalent to some highly acidic fruit juices. This causes significant problems to your tooth enamel (cavities) but more importantly, it inflames your gum tissue and is associated with gingivitis. So, the next time you eat candy, indulge in some decadent ice cream or polish off an entire plate of macaroni and cheese, think of all the microbes that will be s#*tting in your mouth in short order! The way to influence your oral bacteria to take more beneficial s#*ts in your mouth is to block their ability to consume sugars and carbohydrates, while kicking in their protein metabolism capabilities…. which is what our products are designed to do!
Emily Stein, PhD, launched Daily Dental Care, LLC as a result of watching her grandmother’s overall health fail as a direct result of neglected dental care in her assisted living facility. She has a unique scientific background that spans molecular biology, microbiology and molecular and cellular immunology. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Immunology & Rheumatology at Stanford University where she studied the role of the neuroendocrine-immune axis in rheumatologic disease. Dr. Stein holds a PhD in Microbiology from the University of California at Berkeley where she studied signaling pathways involved in stress response and community development in bacteria and received her B.S. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Iowa where she studied the interaction between M. tuberculosis and innate immune cells.