At Americas Dental Care we are proud to be one of the first clinics in Costa Rica who do works on medical compromise patients, giving them the ability of smiling again and improving their overall health.
Did you know Streptococcus bacteria commonly live in the mouth, confined within communities termed “biofilms” that are responsible for causing tooth plaque and gum disease. Researchers have now shown that once let loose in the bloodstream, Streptococcus bacteria can use a protein, called PadA, as a weapon to force platelets in the blood to bind together and form clots.
Inducing blood clots is a selfish trick used by bacteria, when the platelets clump together they completely encase the bacteria. This provides a protective cover not only from the immune system, but also from antibiotics that might be used to treat infection, as well as helping out the bacteria, platelet clumping can cause small blood clots, growths on the heart valves (endocarditis), or inflammation of blood vessels that can block the blood supply to the heart and brain.
Feel free to ask any medical issues you may have and please take care of your gums and overall dental health, a visit to your dentist once a year can save your life.