November 28, 2016

Studies have recently uncovered a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. While the specifics behind the connection are still unknown, there is evidence that those with untreated gum disease are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. This may be due to oral bacteria from periodontal disease making its way to the pancreas and contributing to the growth of cancer cells.

Since November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Leo Tokarczyk is taking the opportunity to encourage patients to decrease their pancreatic cancer risk and take care of their oral health by receiving treatment for their gum disease symptoms.

Symptoms to Watch for

Gum disease can be hard to spot during its early stages, but catching it early on is one of the best ways to combat it before it becomes severe. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Sensitive gums
  • Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
  • Swollen gums that bleed easily
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth

In its most advanced stages, gum disease can cause the teeth to fall out and can lead to severe degradation of the jaw bone.

When to Seek Treatment

While a good oral hygiene routine that includes daily flossing and brushing is usually sufficient to ward off gum disease development, it may not be enough in some cases. Some people are genetically more susceptible to the condition, while others may have tooth alignment problems that make it difficult to sufficiently clean the teeth and gums.

No matter what your situation may be, it is important to seek treatment as soon as you notice the common signs of gum disease. Your oral and physical health could be negatively affected the longer you wait to receive treatment.

Contact Us for More Information

Gum disease can become a serious problem, especially if left untreated. There is no better time to improve your quality of life and decrease your chances of developing pancreatic cancer than during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Tokarczyk, call our office or fill out our online contact form.



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