What Oral Bacteria Can Tell Us

Oral bacteria is a hot topic among researchers. Especially since the link between oral health and general health has been determined. Based on research it seems the role of the dentist may be expanding. Today your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains what oral bacteria can tell us.

Super Computers and Oral Bacteria

UT Austin performed research on oral bacteria using supercomputers, studying the genetics of bacterial communities. According to scientists, the human body is host to 10, 000 different species of bacteria. These bacterial species were discovered during the five year research project conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH). The project was developed to identify the human microbiome. During the research project scientists came to realize an interesting fact; microbes found in the human body outnumber actual cells by 10 to 1.

Research at UT Austin

While it is known that your mouth harbors both good and bad bacteria, the research study at UT Austin brought to light the fact that oral pathogenic bacteria can shift into a diseased state. These shifts have been linked to diseases such as periodontitis, diabetes, and Crohn’s disease. Scientists speculate that if they can learn what encourages these shifts they can reverse or even prevent them and in essence prevent other diseases from developing.

Scientists also learned that changing the diet pathogenic bacteria feed on can actually change the state of the bacteria itself. As a result the pathogenic bacteria that can be rewired to be unhealthy may also be able to be rewired to be healthy again by changing diets. Such findings indicate that diseases associated with oral health may be controlled.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.