Thursday, June 08, 2006

Remember to rinse with mouthwash   posted by agnostic @ 6/08/2006 09:54:00 AM

Here's a ScienceDaily report from the latest annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, where one team of researchers presented evidence of which genes in gum disease pathogen P. gingivalis empower it to invade the arteries, where it likely contributes to atherosclerosis. I couldn't find the poster / abstract at the ASM website, but here is a pretty recent journal article from the same research department on the topic. So, rather than representing just another correlational study that provides more evidence for Cochran & Ewald's new germ theory (popularized by Ewald in Plague Time), this research illuminates the mechanism behind the process. God knows what other garbage is living in your mouth, so remember the mouthwash -- or perhaps soon, a mini light sabre for attacking oral cavity microbes.