What’s in Your Mouth?

If you are at all squeamish, don’t read further.

According to Medscape, in an article about how to treat human bites:

Approximately 10%-15% of human bite wounds become infected owing to multiple factors. The bacterial inoculum of human bite wounds contains as many as 100 million organisms per mL and is made up of as many as 190 different species. Many of these are anaerobes that flourish in the low redox environment of tartar that lies between human teeth or in areas of gingivitis. 

In other words, to a microbe, your mouth is New York City, sewers and all. What you carry around in your mouth could cause significant damage to you if it got loose in your body. Possible infections from human bites include staph, strep and hepatitus B. Not fun.

So now you know why biting is banned in boxing and other sports. It’s a serious health risk.

Getting your hand cut by hitting someone in the teeth with your fist is included under human bites, and can lead to serious infection. That’s another reason for boxers and UFC fighters to wear hand gear.

So,

  • If you get bitten by another person or you sustain damage from someone’s teeth, see a doctor. If there’s a possibility of fracture, see a doctor. Don’t wait for an infection te get established.
  • How does it feel to carry New York City around in your mouth?

Listerine, anyone?


Sources:

  1. Richard Sinert, D.O., “Fast Five Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on Key Aspects of Human Bite Wounds,” Medscape, 2 April 2018.
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