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Where Can Bacteria from Your Mouth Migrate To?


Posted on 12/15/2018 by Alyce
Where Can Bacteria from Your Mouth Migrate To?We have all been taught about the dangers of "cooties" - the bacteria in our mouths that can be shared from kissing or sharing food and drink with other people. However, while the bacteria in your mouth can often serve a purpose (helping aid in digestion, for example) they can also be quite harmful.

The problem with oral bacteria is not just that they can be dangerous, but they're never content to just stay put. The fact is, the bacteria in your mouth are quite happy to spread to other parts of your body if given the chance.

Not Just Oral Bacteria: How Bacteria Can Attack Other Organs


Many people do not realize how dangerous untreated periodontal disease can be. If left untreated, this infection can cause an unwelcome variety of problems including heart attack, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. Preventing it from happening can be as simple as regular dental checkups and a good oral hygiene regimen, but if left unchecked, it can cause lasting damage by moving throughout your system.

•  Your Heart: The bacteria in your mouth can easily spread to your heart through your bloodstream. This can cause deadly heart disease and heart attacks.
•  Your Lungs: Oral bacteria can also be inhaled and invade your lungs. Biopsied lung cancer masses have revealed oral bacteria inside of them. It can also lead to COPD and pneumonia.
•  Your Brain: Your brain is very close to your mouth, making it especially susceptible to infection. Complications include stroke and even Alzheimer's disease.
•  Your Bones: Yes, the bacteria can also spread to your bones, causing bone loss in your jaw and even osteoporosis.

Other issues that can arise include birth complications, harming your fetus and putting you at a higher risk of losing your baby.

If you suspect that you have gum disease, or if it's been longer than six months since your last checkup and cleaning, give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our skilled dental staff and allow us to preserve not only your beautiful smile, but also your overall wellness.
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