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Streptococcus Bacteria and Heart Disease
Here's a compelling incentive for active and regular brushing and flossing: avoiding heart disease and stroke.

Medical researchers in the United Kingdom have been studying the behavior of the Streptococcus bacteria once it enters the bloodstream and their results add to our understanding about how this form of bacteria can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

According to a press release from the University of Bristol, researchers "have shown that once let loose in the bloodstream, Streptococcus bacteria can use a protein on their surface, called PadA, as a weapon to force platelets in the blood to bind together and form clots."

Not only does this binding protect the bacteria from antibiotics. But it also has the potential of causing "blood clots, growths on the heart valves or inflammation of blood vessels that can block the blood supply to the heart and brain."

Inadequate and infrequent oral hygiene practices can result in bleeding gums, a condition which provides a wide-open gate for bacteria to enter the blood system.

So keep brushing and flossing regularly and give us a call if you have any questions. Remember, too, that regular checkups can provide early detection of oral issues which can often be corrected before they pose serious threats to your overall health.

Three Tips for Avoiding Teeth Stains this Fall
During the autumn months, parties, bonfires, and holiday celebrations may take up a lot of your time, but depending on what you're eating and drinking, they can also take a toll on your teeth. Follow these simple tips for keeping your smile pearly white!

Be Wary of Tooth Stainers
Certain foods are worse than others when it comes to staining the teeth, so be careful when you're eating blueberries, tomato sauce, beets, and other tooth-staining culprits.

Use a Straw
When drinking your favorite soft drink and watching the big game, be sure to drink with a straw. This can prevent the liquids from coming into contact with your enamel and causing stains.

If you notice your smile is starting to dull or yellow, contact our office about tooth whitening. There are a variety of safe and inexpensive options available to help brighten your smile!

Interesting Facts About Saliva
Believe it or not, but saliva is actually a pretty interesting fluid. Here are a few facts that may help you win trivia night one day:

• Saliva is made up of 99% water
• The salivary glands produce about a quart of liquid every day
• Saliva contains important enzymes that begin the digestive process by breaking down fats and starches
• To be recognized by taste buds, food molecules first need to be dissolved in the saliva
• The saliva contains germ-fighting antibodies along with substances that promote blood clotting and the growth of skin cells
• Saliva can be analyzed in order to monitor smoking, drug use, and alcohol intake, and it could also be helpful in diagnosing diseases

Dr. Jake and his Team would love to hear from you! Got a question? We can help!

Jacob O. Layer DMD, PC | www.layerdental.com | 541-734-0970
1485 East McAndrews Rd., Medford, OR 97504



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