Can oral health keep cancer away?

 In Gum Disease, Oral Health

Dr. Dernick knows that your oral health is important to the health of the rest of your body, and that science is continually finding out how. Recently, he read of a study linking that the bacteria present in your mouth when you have gum disease to the development of pancreatic cancer. An extensive study conducted at the Helsinki University Hospita in Finland and in the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have made this clear with the results obtained by researchers.

Linkage between gum disease and cancer

The bacteria in your mouth when you have periodontitis have been found to play a significant role in the development of pancreatic cancer, since those bacteria have the capability of activating enzymes which cancer cells use to invade healthy tissue. At the same time, these harmful bacteria can have the effect of diminishing the effectiveness of the immune system, because they are able to inactivate certain molecules which are needed to fight off harmful agents.

Your Woodlands dental team always recommends you keep your daily oral hygiene routine and dental appointments, so any signs of gum disease can be identified in the earliest stages and halted before bacteria have a chance to spread to other parts of the body. Who knew that this could potentially reduce your chance for cancer? 

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