Gastric Ulcer

Gastric Ulcer

New evidence has shown what many practitioners in the dental field have long suspected to be true. Dental plaque can be a reservoir for the germs that cause stomach and intestinal ulcers, and that regular oral hygiene maintenance is essential to prevent reinfection. According to researchers in Saudi Arabia, people who have regular cleanings to minimize plaque build-up show a reduced rate of GI infection by the germ Helicobacter Pylori. This germ is the causative agent of most ulcers in the GI tract. Patients who had regular dental cleanings along with anti-HP antibiotic therapy had about one-half the re-infection rate of those patients who had anti-HP therapy without dental cleanings. This reinforces the age old adage that the mouth really is the window to the body.