A Possible Connection- Oral Bacteria and Stroke Risk

According to a recent article published by Dentistry Today, researchers at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan, may have uncovered a link between oral bacteria and the risk of stroke.  According to the study, 26% of patients with intracerebral hemorrhage had cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans in their saliva (Dentistry Today).  In addition, MRIs determined that patients with the bacteria were subject to a much higher number of cerebral micro bleeds.  These micro bleeds can lead to problems like dementia and can underlie cerebral hemorrhages.

In short, research continues to support the idea that oral health plays a strong role in overall health.  The study shows a correlation between oral health and brain health specifically.

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