Your oral health habits aren’t just about keeping your mouth healthy and clean. Those with severe periodontal disease may be at an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer, along with other serious conditions. As gum disease develops and the gums pull away from the teeth, bacteria thrive in the pockets. This can eventually cause the teeth to fall out, and as suggested by experts, may even have an effect on your likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer.
Bacteria and Cancer
Over 40,000 people die from pancreatic cancer each year. This staggering statistic is highlighted by the fact that the American Cancer Society expects over 50,000 new Americans to be diagnosed each year. Researchers are constantly studying the link between cancer and gum disease in order to determine ways to prevent this disease.
While no definitive cause has been established between the two conditions, researchers found that men with periodontal disease were more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. In a review of more than 51,000 male participants over a 16 year period, those with periodontal disease were 60 percent more likely to get cancer.
New studies are constantly being published and patients are being studied to determine if there is a way to treat periodontal disease early in order to reduce risks of cancer.
Dr. Kiya Green offers several treatment options to treat periodontal disease in all stages.
• Gum recession treatment
• Pinhole surgical technique™
• Gum recession prevention
• Scaling and root planing
• Periodontal plastic surgery
• Gum grafting
Dr. Green creates an individual treatment plan for all patients before determining which course of action is best to take. Left untreated, gum disease can seriously affect the overall health of the patient. Prevention and early treatment are vital to staying healthy.
If you are concerned about the health of your teeth and gums, call us today at Matthews Periodontics in Matthews, NC to schedule an appointment. We can answer any questions you have about periodontal disease and the increased risks for cancer.