November is pancreatic cancer awareness month, and it may not be an occasion you would expect your periodontist to celebrate. An oncologist, perhaps, but not the professional who treats your teeth and gums. Studies have revealed, however, that gum disease and pancreatic cancer are linked. The diseases have bacteria in common that can lead to the mutual development of both condition if it is not addressed. To kill two birds with one stone, take these steps to ward off periodontal infections and pancreatic cancer alike.
Schedule a Periodontal Exam
Scheduling regular periodontal exams is essential to your gums’ health and your overall oral well-being. A periodontist will check for symptoms such as a receding gum line, bleeding or swelling and loose teeth. Depending on the presence of such symptoms, a periodontist may diagnose a gum infection. Other potential parts of the exam include the following:
Treat Gum Disease Before it Develops
If your periodontist does indicate that you have gum disease, it is imperative that you treat it as soon as possible. The longer it is left unattended, the more severe the damage will be to the bone, teeth and tissues surrounding the infected area. Some of the potential treatment options include the following:
Be Proactively Healthy
When you take care of your mouth, teeth and gums, you are taking care of your whole body. Celebrate pancreatic cancer awareness month by proactively reducing your vulnerability and improving your periodontal health. You can do so by partnering with your periodontist, committing to gum care and treating any existing gum infection that may be present.
There is no substitute for building a relationship with your periodontist and getting the treatment you need. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Amarik Singh to get started on your quest.