Researchers have discovered a microbe doing something absolutely new- not merely surviving in arsenic, of all things, but using it to build parts of itself! How’s that for adaptability? We’re impressed, but as the body of knowledge grows about how oral bacteria can impact overall health, it’s clear that microbes have always been a resourceful and resilient life form.
Even so, everything we learn is a further step towards combating periodontal and other diseases, and it is increasingly apparent that the dynamics are complex.
Oral bacteria can…
enter your bloodstream and release toxins that can attach to artery walls and enter your respiratory and other bodily systems.
cause your own bacteria-fighting blood cells to give off proteins that appear to trigger an inflammatory autoimmune response.
create a protein which causes your own blood platelets to encase and protect them from your immune system and antibiotics.
Gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular, respiratory and autoimmune diseases such as arthritis and diabetes, as well as oral and other cancers. As just one example, over 85% of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. Oral health could make a vital difference.