In the American Dental Association’s most recently newsletter, a study linking the oral bacteria Strep Mutans (the bacteria that causes cavities) to acute stroke was highlighted. Below is an excerpt from the article:
“Study Finds Association Between Oral Bacteria And Stroke.”
“Science Daily (2/16) hosted a University of Louisville release stating researchers at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan studied patients entering the hospital for acute stroke, finding “an association between certain types of stroke and the presence of the oral bacteria (cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans).” Dr. Robert P. Friedland, a neurology professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and a co-author of the study, said, “The study and related work in our labs have shown that oral bacteria are involved in several kinds of stroke, including brain hemorrhages and strokes that lead to dementia.” The study is published online in Scientific Reports.” -http://www.ada.org/en/
Your oral health can have a great impact on your overall health. The oral cavity is colonized with many types of bacteria, some good and some bad. The balance between the two is fine, and your dentist and the dental team must play an integrative role in keeping this balance in the favor of the good bacteria. Your life may depend on it! Regular dental visits cannot be undervalued if you want to stay healthy.
Please call Richards Frankel Dentistry today for your appointment: 440-442-4477 and make a step towards health and well-being.
Signs of stroke include: Face drooping, arm weakness, slurred speech, time to call 911!- FAST!
Working to keep you and your family healthy,
Dr. Frankel and staff