Gum Disease and Cancer… How They Are Linked!

20 May

Gum Disease and Cancer ::

The importance of keeping your gums healthy can’t be overlooked. Gum disease may increase the risk of developing cancer. In fact, in a study, periodontal disease was significantly associated with an increased risk of lung, kidney, pancreatic and blood cancers. The higher risk persisted even in people who had never smoked.

What is gum disease? It is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. There is also a direct link between periodontal disease and the development of heart disease and diabetes. Inflammation in the blood has been linked with cancer.

A study was conducted by Dr. Dominique Michaud of Imperial College London to see if gum disease increases the risk of cancer. Nearly 50,000 men filled out health surveys and were followed for more than 17 years. The survey included information on gum disease and bone loss as well as the number of teeth and tooth loss. More than 5,700 of the men developed cancer, excluding cases of non-melanoma skin cancers and non-aggressive prostate cancer.  The researchers found that men who had gum disease had 14 percent higher cancer risk compared to those who did not.

The risks were higher depending on the type of cancer. The report also stated that although it is premature to suggest that good oral hygiene can help prevent cancer – periodontal disease should nevertheless be treated.

Quick Facts About Gum Disease And Cancer ::

Gum Disease and Cancer - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Zuerlein

  • LEFT :: Without brushing and flossing, bacteria have the potential to damage your gums which could eventually lead to tooth loss.
  • RIGHT :: Research has shown that we see teeth as whiter when they are surrounded by pink gums.

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