Haha...my personal context is straight sex. So there is limited potential for bacteria getting in through the gums (if one practices excellent oral hygiene), or the urethra?pellicle;n860846 said:Hi
Please give me the microbiological overview of how sex introduces large numbers of pathogenic bacertia into your blood stream? My question indicates "I really can't see how" as my position. Unless your version of sex is quite different to mine.
Dentists visits and poor oral hygiene on the other hand are likely culprits.
Hmm, on reflection perhaps vigorous anal intercourse with lots of bleeding may do it. But that falls into the "differs" category for me. ;-)
I discussed this with my dentist the other day as I had a filling and first dental cleaning post surgery. He mentioned the importance of keeping the gum epithelium in good shape, for the reasons you mentioned. if it's not intact, there is the risk of 'splashes' of bacteria getting in as he put it. He recommended limiting sexual partners and exposure to foreign bacteria and/or potential viruses. It makes sense to me.pellicle;n860848 said:Hi
All epithelium is specifically designed as a barrier, a barrier to living things getting "inside" which no multicellular organism wants.
So even your gums do not really "transfer" bacteria, but its the points of physical damage that allow direct access to the blood stream which do. If you have "sensitive" inflamed gums its most likely down to infections working away on the surface. Its when there is damage to the (thus thin) surface and exposes the blood vessels (you may not even observe bleeding) that gives infections a chance to get in.
Good call honeybunny. My dental hygienist just recommended that very thing.honeybunny;n861025 said:One of the best investments I made for dental care was an in-shower water pik similar to this one, http://www.amazon.com/ShowerBreeze-Water-Jet-Dental-Irrigator/dp/B003ES2HNI/ref=sr_1_20?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1450113927&sr=1-20&keywords=water+pik. It's so convenient to use when I'm showering, much easier than a stand alone unit that you need to refill each time you use it. I just toggle the valve and I'm good to go. Using this greatly improved my periodontal disease, reducing some pockets from 4s to 1s.