Keep Your Oral Bacteria in Check to Prevent Blood Clots

Everyone has oral bacteria. It’s a normal component in every oral cavity. What is abnormal, but may occur for some, is that the bacteria may enter the bloodstream, may cause blood clots and may lead to endocarditis- a life threatening disease. So, we invite you to learn more about oral hygiene.

Findings reported by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the University of Bristol have discovered that S. gordonii is able to manufacture a surface molecule that mimics the human protein fibrinogen – a blood-clotting factor. In turn, the platelets become activated, causing them to cluster inside blood vessels. These blood clots may then encompass the bacteria, not allowing for the immune system or antibiotics to work. This type of platelet issue may lead to heart valve growths (endocarditis), or blood vessel inflammation that may impede the blood supply to the heart and brain. Resolution for Infective Endocarditis involves surgery or being treated with strong antibiotics.

Thus, it is wise to maintain a proper oral hygiene regimen. This includes:

1)      Brushing twice a day for two minutes each session in a small circular motion, while reaching the gum line.

2)      Flossing after brushing to remove debris that may form bacteria between your teeth.

3)      Mouthwash, preferably alcohol free, at least at bedtime.

4)      Tongue Cleaner at least once a day after brushing.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.