Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Oral Hygiene and Cancer?

Scientists have discovered a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer in men.

Gum disease is usually associated with poor dental habits: IE: not enough flossing, not brushing your teeth on a regular basis, etc.. Two habits that are just too easy to do.

The study involved reviewing health related information to ~ 51,000 men. That sounds like a fairly decent number of people that were watched.

The end finding was that those who had periodontal disease had a 64% higher chance of developing pancreatic cancer.

What happens is that periodontal disease tends to have what's called a higher amount of inflammatory markers such as C reactive protein (CRP). These "markers" are part of your early immune system response to inflammation and this is one of many factors that have been linked to pancreatic cancer.

The other potential finding is that there are high levels of carcinogenic compounds present in the mouths of people with periodontal disease.

It's suggested that the carcinogenic compounds mix with digestive fluids in the gut, tending towards this pattern they have discerned in this study from early 2007 and reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

What is good oral hygiene and how can we attempt to prevent this?

We can brush 2x a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Floss every day.
Avoid snacks.
Visit your dentist every 6 months for your cleaning!

It's too easy folks. Too easy.

source: medical news today

1 comment:

  1. Getting into the habit of flossing is not easy - especially if you don't like putting your fingers into your mouth. I finally eliminated having to put my fingers into my mouth by using a Gripit Floss Holder. They can be seen and purchased at www.gripit.biz.

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