Because dental decay and gum disease are systemic diseases, they can trigger other health problems in the body. Therefore, you need to take care of your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily. Doing so will reduce your risk of other diseases, such as heart ailments and cancer. Neglecting your oral health does not only lead to the development of oral cancer, it can also cause other types of cancers to emerge over time.


One research study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, shows that Treponema denticola (Td), which is bacteria associated with advanced gum disease, may also increase cancer risk. Researchers discovered an enzyme, Td-CTLP, which is the main virulence component in Td, was found in tumors associated with pancreatic cancer. Another study showed that the Td-CTLP enzyme can activate the enzymes that cancer cells use to take over healthy tissues. The enzyme also lowers the immune system’s resistance to disease. Moreover, scientists learned in one U.S. study that adults with poor to fair oral health were more likely to become infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is also linked to the development and spread of cancer.


From the research presented today, you can see that gum and tooth care is not only important to you dentally but also to your overall health. To live a healthier life overall, you must practice good dental hygiene. Neglecting your teeth and gums can lead to an unexpected chain reaction – one that compromises your oral health and your total well-being. By embarking on a regimen of good dental care, you can prevent future health problems from developing.

Are you taking good care of your teeth and gums? Have you scheduled an appointment for a professional cleaning and exam lately? If not, call our professional dental staff today. We can accommodate your schedule and answer any questions you may have about oral health care needs.