Published:November 15, 2017 3:33 pm
Suffering from inflammatory bowel disease? According to a new study, the bacteria residing in your mouth may be responsible as it activates immune cells to fuel inflammation in the gut.
The findings showed that when the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae colonises in an intestine out of microbial balance, immune cells called T helper 1 (TH1) become overactive in the gut, resulting in intestinal inflammation leading to the onset of inflammatory bowel disease.
On an average, humans ingest 1.5 litres of saliva containing bacteria every day, which could possibly have harmful effects on health.
“We noticed that oral microbes are relatively enriched in gut microbiomes of patients with several diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, HIV infection, and…