Scientists now believe that the common streptococcus bacteria, the type responsible for causing gum disease and tooth plaque, may increase the risk of heart attacks, plaque growth on your heart valves and inflammation of blood vessels that can block the blood supply to your heart and brain.
The link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease has been known for some time, but now scientists believe they finally understand how…
Once bacteria have entered your bloodstream through wounded gums, it creates a protein which causes the platelets in the blood to clump and stick together.
The platelets encase the bacteria, forming a kind of armor that protects the bacteria from both the immune system and antibiotics that might be used to try and treat the infection.
Previous studies have suggested that other oral bacteria, Prevotella intermedia, and Tannerella forsythensis, are also likely to increase the risk of heart attacks- by 35% and 53% respectively.
Systemic links have also been made between gum disease and diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, complications of pregnancy, kidney disease and cancers.
Don’t take unnecessary risks. Please, please brush and floss…and please, please keep your family’s regular recare appointments.