We incorporate a microscopic plaque analysis with our hygiene visits to look at the make up of the bacteria that are present. Everyone has bacteria in their plaque. This is normal. There are 600 types of bacteria, funguses, and spores in the human mouth. There is one kind that causes decay and 11 that are harmful in gum disease. There is one type of bacteria, the spirochete that is harmful to the gums but also invades the rest of the body and will cause inflammation in your blood vessels and organ systems. When we see this bacteria we treat very aggressively and verify at the completion of treatment that we have eliminated the spirochetes.