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Surprise, surprise, surprise…. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, has been linked to cancers which are associated with smoking even among those who are non-smokers!

This is the results from a recent study conducted by Tufts, Harvard, and Brown Universities. They believe periodontitis may create the impact of cancer through dysregulation of the immune system.

Periodontitis was associated with a 33% increases risk of smoking related cancers such as, lung, bladder, oropharyngeal, esophageal, kidney, stomach, and liver.

Advanced periodontitis means having less than 17 teeth due to bone loss from gum disease, presents an increased risk for smoking related cancers.

The researchers think they need to do further studies to determine the immune impact of advanced periodontal disease on cancer.
This study was published in the Annals of Oncology.

Sharing the result of this study is not to frighten or alarm anyone, but to encourage patients to see their dentist every six months for examination and cleaning, and also to get tested for periodontal disease and to get treatment if nessessary. Not only will the habit of visiting your dentist regularly save and prevent excessive medical cost in the future, but may just save your life!

Researchers in China have found that individuals with periodontal disease have a 1.24-fold increased risk of developing lung cancer.

Individuals who drink, smoke, or have diabetes, have a 1.36 fold increase risk. Women with periodontal disease are more likely than men to develop lung cancer. According to Dentistry Today, successful treatment of periodontal disease could reduce the risk of lung cancer.

Additional research is needed to determine the link between periodontal disease and lung cancer, but taking care of your teeth and gums will prevent periodontal disease and lower your risk of other systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, pre-term labor, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. The American Cancer Association states that lung cancer is the leading cause of death among male and female Americans, surpassing totals for colon, breas,t and prostate cancers combined.

The American Cancer Association expects 158,000 to die from lung cancer this year.

You can make a difference in someone’s life this year! Let that someone be you. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment to get checked and treated for periodontal disease!

Study was published by the Journal of Periodontology.