A Healthy Mouth Reduces Your Risk of Stroke

Taking good care of your teeth may significantly help reduce the risk of having a stroke, a new study shows. Researchers discovered that the cavity-causing bacteria s. mutans (found in approximately 10% of the general population), contributes to certain types of stroke.

In the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers discovered the link between hemorrhagic strokes and the oral bacteria. Hemorrhagic strokes occur when blood vessels in the brain rupture and cause bleeding. It’s not clear why, but the researchers suppose that the bacteria may bind to blood vessels, eventually causing small or large brain hemorrhages.

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