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Name: Daniel L.
Status: Student
Age: 15
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Date: March 2004


Question:
Are there helpful bacteria in a person's mouth?



Replies:
Absolutely! There is a lot of food that gets stuck in one's mouth that doesn't make it to the stomach right away and those bacteria help break it down. However, there is a trade off, because part of their waste is acidic and that can contribute to tooth decay.

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