Healthy Bacteria May be Tied to Gum Disease

Dentistry Today


Mouth bacteria considered normal may eventually lead to gum disease.

This information comes from a study done by Queen Mary, University of London.

This study could lead to preventive measures that may reduce the risk of gum disease or periodontal disease. The process may be done by manipulating bacteria similar to the way probiotic yogurt works to protect the intestine.

The research team at Queen Mary’s Blizard Institute collaborated with scientists to put this study together. The information was published in the journal Cell Host and Microbe.

To compile the data, scientists inserted the oral bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis into  mice living with two separate conditions. The mice with regular bacteria in their mouth eventually developed periodontal bone loss, while the other mice didn’t develop any diseases. This evidence suggests the bacteria have a significant impact in the environment.

This information could be pivotal for scientists to have a better understanding of the way gum disease forms.

More research is still necessary to fully comprehend the role of healthy bacteria in our mouths and the impact the bacteria has on gum disease.