Brush your Teeth and Stay Away from Meningitis

Updated at: Jul 05, 2012
Brush your Teeth and Stay Away from Meningitis

A new finding has discovered a link between meningitis and oral health. Meningitis is the swelling of the brain membrane and spinal cord. It is a fatal disease caused by microorganisms.

Gunjan Rastogi
LatestWritten by: Gunjan RastogiPublished at: Feb 28, 2012

Brush your Teeth and Stay Away from MeningitisIt is  common knowledge that brushing prevents plague that causes inflammation and irritation in gums. Poor gum health due to irregular brushing habits leads to bleeding gums. A new study has found that brushing your teeth and flossing regularly can help in preventing meningitis.

Swiss researchers have successfully found a link between meningitis and common mouth bacteria. Recently, researchers had identified a bacterium called Streptococcus tigurinus in the blood of patients suffering from meningitis. Reportedly, this bacterium is also present in the blood of spondylodiscitis patients and patients of endocarditis (a type of heart disease). According to one researcher, this newly founded bacterium is naturally potent to stem several acute diseases.

As told by researchers, this bacterium can enter the bloodstream through bleeding gums (a severity caused by poor oral health). There are no known reasons for the prevalence of this bacterium in bleeding gums, which eventually increases the risk of meningitis.

Meningitis is a bacterial infection, which affects brain lining and spinal cord lining. Meningitis is a life-threatening disease, which may result in brain damage and inflammation of spinal cord and brain. It could be of various types-
Meningococcal meningitis, Pneumococcal meningitis, Staphylococcal meningitis, Syphilitic aseptic meningitis, Tuberculoses meningitis. Occurrence of meningitis can be detected by some common symptoms such as neck stiffness, vomiting, severe headache, confusion, intolerance to noise and light, nausea and agitation. Meningitis is a fatal disease caused by various microorganisms such as bacteria and virus. By virtue of the establishments of this new study, you can prevent the occurrence of meningitis by brushing your teeth regularly.

The study, which found the link between Streptococcus tigurinus and elevated risk of meningitis has been published in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.




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