Scientists in Ireland have been tackling an oral bacteria that is related to causing the formation of blood clots and endocarditis, an inflammation of the inside lining of the heart chambers and heart valves. The bacteria, streptococcus gordonii, is a normal inhabitant of the mouth and contributes to plaque that forms on the surface of teeth. When these bacteria enter into the blood stream through bleeding gums they can create health issues such as blood clots that lead to growth on the heart valves as well as inflammation of the blood vessels that can block the blood supply to the heart or brain.
The scientists are looking for ways to develop new drugs that combat the blood clots from forming and the ensuing infective endocarditis. Dr. Helen Peterson, who has presented the health issue and is working towards a solution, is quoted as saying “What our work clearly shows is how important it is to keep your mouth healthy through regular brushing and flossing, to keep these bacteria in check.”
Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado we are hoping the scientists make great strides and use this information to inform our patients of the benefits of good oral hygiene and prevention. Regular dental cleanings, good at-home hygiene, and a healthy diet are keys to the avoidance of dental related health problems.
In the event you are suffering from gum disease or dental health issues related to your gums we offer non-surgical gum disease treatments to remove plaque and tartar from the gum line and to remove bacterial toxins. The science behind gum disease continues to show its relation to other health problems as noted above in the Irish study. Blood clotting can be a very serious health issue and can threaten your life. If you suffer from gum disease you deserve relief.
Contact us today for more information on gum disease therapy in Denver.