Poor Oral Health Can Increase Your Risk of Pancreatic Cancer According to Research
Posted on 9/10/2019 by Neil Starr DDS PC
Poor oral health can negatively impact your health in a variety of ways. However, a new study has shown that failure to care for your teeth properly could actually be associated with pancreatic cancer. Read on to learn more and to keep yourself safe.
New Research from the Harvard School of Public Health
This surprising new finding was obtained after a study by the Harvard School of Public Health. Along with researchers from the University of San Juan, scientists studied data from over 50,000 male subjects over the course of 16 years. The purpose was to see if gum disease and tooth loss might be linked to pancreatic cancer. When adjusting for certain factors, including age, health history, diet, and smoking history, the researchers found that men with a gum disease history had a 64% increased risk for pancreatic cancer when compared to men without gum disease.
Understanding the Relationships between Gum Disease and Pancreatic Cancer
This study did not identify a cause and effect relationship, and researchers don't entirely understand why gum disease and pancreatic cancer might be associated. One theory is that gum disease leads to chronic inflammation that can enter the blood stream. This can cause other health issues and may promote cancer growth.
To better understand the relationship between gum disease and pancreatic cancer, further research is needed. Other scientists have found that high antibody levels for infections and gum bacterium strains were associated with a pancreatic cancer risk, so this line of questioning should also be pursued.
Healthy teeth free of gum disease is one of the best ways to protect your mouth and your body from additional problems. This starts with good oral hygiene and regular visits to our office. Call us today to set up an appointment and to find out more about the health of your gums.