Study: Risk of Stroke Increases with Certain Oral Bacteria
Ever heard of the link between poor oral health and the increased risk of having a stroke? Researchers in Japan linked a certain bacteria, cmn-positive Streptococcus mutans, with a risk of having a stroke caused by the bleeding of the brain. The risk of an intracerebral hemorrhage, or “brain bleeding,” appeared to be much higher in patients who tested positive for the S. mutans bacteria. S. mutans is found in the mouth and speeds tooth decay. Though it hasn’t been completely explained quite yet, researchers predict that these bacteria travel through the bloodstream and attach themselves to blood vessels in the brain. This attachment weakens the vessels and causes them to burst.
This isn’t the only kind of bacteria that can cause harm to your body. Good oral health is beneficial for many different parts of your body, especially your brain. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day can significantly reduce the presence of all harmful bacteria in your mouth, but sometimes it’s a good idea to take extra precautions. Supplementing your daily routine with mouthwash at home and fluoride treatments at the dentist add extra protection to your teeth and prevent bacterial colonies from growing uncontrollably.
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