Bacteria From Your Mouth Can Invade The Heart

Bacteria that normally live in gum tissue in the mouth may invade the heart, leading to a dangerous infection known as endocarditis. The bacteria, known as Streptococcus mutans causes cavities and lives in dental plaque. But, according to research at University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York, if it is released into the blood stream after a dental procedure or even after an enthusiastic flossing, it can colonize heart tissue and cause a deadly inflammation of heart valves.

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“No matter what types of bacteria a person has in his or her mouth, they should do the same things to maintain good oral health. They should brush and floss their teeth regularly — the smaller the number of S. mutans in your mouth, the healthier you’ll be… eat a healthy diet, keeping sugar to a minimum,” says Jacqueline Abranches, Ph.D., a microbiologist who has studied this problem.

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