A Knee Infection From Flossing?

knee ifection from flossingYou’ve probably heard that the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. But an article from MSN Health, it tells a bizarre story about a woman in Wisconsin who developed a knee infection from flossing too much.

Don’t think that this means you shouldn’t floss.  It is very rare that this would happen.  The women had a prosthetic knee and when she flossed, she flossed so vigorously that her gums bled.  This allowed for bacteria to enter her blood stream and infect the knee.

Read the full article here: Woman Suffers Nasty Knee Infection After Vigorous Tooth Flossing

Superbugs May Treat Dental Procedure Infections

superbugThere is a rise in research of superbugs as a way of fighting resistant bacteria.  This research also shows promise in treating dental procedure infections.

The article found on Medical News Today talks about bacteriophages, also known as phages, which are viruses that infect bacteria.  A good example of this research comes from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Dental Medicine. The study shows that the EFDG1 (one of the phages) is effective in killing a very stubborn, drug resistant bacterium called Enterococcus faecalis that may sometimes cause infections following dental procedures.

Learn more about this interesting research here: Virus found in sewage shows promise in treating dental procedure infections Medical News Today.

Health Effects of Biofilm

biofilmIn an article from Dental Products Report, Shannon Pace Brinker takes a close look into understanding and controlling biofilm. Dental plaque biofilm can greatly affect the health of its host and lead to the development of many diseases. If we can understand their characteristics and then ensure proper control, this will enable disease prevention.

What exactly is biofilm?  Bacteria begins to form in the mouth at birth, and constantly changes with age. This bacteria and their ecosystems reside on tooth surfaces to form biofilm.

Read more details about the health effects of biofilms by checking out the full article here: Understanding health effects of biofilms | Dental Products Report.

Kissing And Bacteria

kissingA new study published in the journal Microbiome, suggests that just one 10 second kiss transfers 80 million bacteria. But don’t swear off kissing. This article, found on Medical News Today, explains that there are over 100 trillion microorganisms that naturally live in our bodies. They are there to help us digest food, synthesize nutrients and prevent disease.

Read all about this interesting study about kissing and bacteria here: Just one 10-second kiss transfers 80 million bacteria – Medical News Today.

Is Your Baby’s Pacifier Causing Crankiness?

baby's pacifierIf you have used a pacifier for your baby, you know that it helps to sooth and calm them on most occasions.  But according to some recent studies, binkies could be causing your baby to be crankier. How is your baby’s pacifier causing crankiness?

Binkies are swarming with bacteria, yeast and mold that can actually make your baby sick. They create biofilms, a slimy slick kind of bacteria that affects the healthy balance of microbes in your baby’s mouth.  Often when your baby is fussy, it is because of gas and cramps in their belly.  So parents reach for a pacifier when their baby cries, and it is actually a vicious cycle. According to doctors, biofilms can potentially increase colic, ear infections, allergies and asthma.

So, if this study is making you feel like you want to toss the binkies, there are some advantages to consider when it comes to pacifiers. For one thing, germs are everywhere, not just on binkies, so as long as you are cleaning it if it falls on the floor and washing them on a regular basis, you may be doing enough. Also, studies have shown that babies who use pacifiers are at a decreased risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).  Consider keeping extra clean binkies in a ziploc bag with you when you are out, that way you can replace them if they do get dirty.  When washing pacifiers, use a baking soda solution to help kill germs.

Bacteria on Binkies: A Recipe for Crankiness|Time