Flossing can prevent Meningitis?April 12th, 2012
New research published in The International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology has revealed a link between mouth bacteria and meningitis. Our mouths contain huge populations of bacteria and one of these, streptococcus tigurinius, has been discovered both in the mouth and in the blood stream of patients with meningitis, endocarditis and spondylodiscitis.
Dr Andrea Zbinden who led the study says this bacteria appears to have natural potential to cause severe disease and could reach the blood stream via bleeding gums.
Whilst more work is needed to confirm a link between streptococcus tigurinius and meningitis, its just another reminder to keep your gums and teeth healthy by regular cleaning with floss and interdental brushes. Ask our dentists and hygienists at Ock Street Clinic to help you keep your mouth healthy.