Poor Oral Hygiene Linked To Early Cancer Death In Swedish Study

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012, 8:50 pm

Poor oral hygiene has been linked to many diseases throughout the body and now a study from Sweden suggests certain cancers may be added to that list.

The study looked at dental plaque as an indicator of good or bad oral hygiene habits. After taking into account other risk factors the researchers found that dental plaque was associated with a significant increase for premature death from cancer. The researchers note that lots of dental plaque indicated poor oral hygiene and a higher risk for dental disease and infections. These infections can then trigger reactions in the body that could lead to malignancy. “The high bacterial load on tooth surfaces and in gingival pockets over a prolonged period of time may indeed play a role in carcinogenesis” researchers speculated.

The research team was careful to emphasize that their findings did not prove that dental plaque causes or definitely contributes to cancer. The same team of researchers had previously found a link between periodontal disease and breast cancer odds and another of their studies looked at the association between gum disease and the increased risk of premature death from disease.

Until researchers truly understand the links between oral health and other diseases our best protection is prevention. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and visit your dentist for regular cleanings. Brushing and flossing daily are necessary to keep oral bacteria under control and keep your smile healthy (and your breath fresh).

Even if you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia you can keep your gums healthy! Sedation dentistry allows you to get the care you need, including regular cleanings, without feeling anxious or fearful. Ask about your options when you call.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next dental hygiene visit and remember to let us know if you experience dental anxiety.

 

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