Stroke & oral health

Since 2016, we have known that a type of oral bacteria, Streptococcus mutans, is directly linked to cerebral micro-bleeds, a precursor to a stroke.

Now a new study confirms that oral bacteria are significantly related to stroke — in this case, a different Streptococcal bacteria.

The conclusion of both studies is that oral hygiene matters. To many, this means more brushing and flossing, and visits to the dentist.

It seems this is a simplistic, if not unhelpful, conclusion. Most strokes occur in Seniors, a time of life when oral hygiene suffers for a number of reasons and when oral inflammation sets in.

Managing extra-ordinary concentrations of Streptococcal bacteria in the mouth, or other inflammatory bacteria, is not something the Senior is able to accomplish — just like many cannot manage other modifiable risk factors for stroke such as hypertension.

This is why CHX is working with a chain of medical clinics to integrate Prevora into the medical journey of our Seniors.