Bacteria in Dental Plaque and the Risk of Blood Clots

Bacteria in Dental Plaque and the Risk of Blood ClotsThe harmful bacteria in the mouth have long been linked to tooth decay and periodontal disease. However, the effects of the harmful bacteria in the body are not limited to the oral cavity. Medical researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the University of Bristol have discovered that these bacteria can also lead to the formation of dangerous blood clots and heart valve growths. These conditions greatly increase the person’s chance of developing heart disease or for experiencing a heart attack or stroke.

These harmful bacteria are commonly found in the mouth and little can be done to eliminate them entirely. However, it is important to limit their growth as much as possible to prevent problems with periodontal disease, tooth decay, problems with the heart and circulatory system, and even problems with the lungs or brain.

Brushing and flossing regularly are perhaps the most effective ways for keeping these bacteria to a minimum. Proper oral care can inhibit the growth of these bacteria by removing the excess sugars that serve as food for the bacteria. In addition, brushing and flossing remove the plaque and tartar that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Getting regular dental checkups and cleanings is another important way to prevent the health problems associated with bacteria in the mouth. Call our Northridge dentist to schedule a routine examination. If you are experiencing problems with gum disease, our Northridge periodontist offers cutting-edge treatments designed to eliminate the bacterial infection before tooth, tissue, or bone loss occur, and before the bacteria can spread to other parts of your body.

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