Poor oral care may cause heart disease
Researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine have announced that they will study the mechanisms of Streptococcus gordonii. The bacterium is a normal part of the oral microbiome. It is, however, suspected of causing blood clots and triggering life-threatening endocarditis once it has entered the bloodstream through bleeding gingivae.
Good oral health can prevent heart disease
Researchers from America have found that improvements in periodontal health are linked to a slower development of atherosclerosis. This is a disease associated with narrowing of arteries through the build-up of plaques, which can lead to heart disease and stroke.
Alzheimer’s disease linked to gum disease
Recent studies provide increasing evidence that untreated periodontal inflammation is linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, and that treating periodontitis may reduce or delay risk of this disease. It is the worst type of dementia, involving the most cognitive decline and memory loss, and there is no known cure.