Cancer, Periodontitis, and Your Oral Health

Periodontitis, or gum disease, has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Now, there’s evidence that periodontitis is linked to cancer mortality. The bacteria associated with periodontitis, which inflames the tissue around the teeth, can affect the onset of cancer. Dr. Schau and team want to help you take care of your teeth for your oral and overall health.
Studies Linking Cancer and Oral Health
In a study published in the “International Journal of Cancer,” over 70,000 people were followed for 10 years, which allowed researchers to demonstrate that gum disease and certain cancers may share some causality. They hypothesize that the bacteria that causes gum disease can spread to other parts of the body and potentially cause irregularities in the DNA.
Dr. Jennifer Schau has treatment options for all stages of periodontitis. Good oral health can reduce the risk of many other diseases. To take care of your mouth, see your Saginaw, MI dental team for regular teeth cleaning to prevent gum disease. Make an appointment with your Saginaw, MI dentist today to protect yourself against periodontitis.