Does Oral Bacteria Increase the Risk for Stroke?

September 14, 2017

Scientists doing laboratory reserachIt might. A recent study out of the University of Louisville indicated that a large percentage of patients admitted to the hospital suffering from a stroke shared one specific strain of oral bacteria – cnm-positive Streptococcus Mutans. From this initial finding, further research continues to support the results of the study. What does that mean for you? If you or a loved one have this particular type of oral bacteria, you may want to talk to you physician about stroke prevention and your dentist about periodontal therapies.