Poor Oral Health Can Lead to an Increased Risk of Cancer
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Gregory A. Williams
Oral health is connected to a variety of overall health complications, but cancer is maybe one of the most serious. Poor oral health can lead to an increased risk of several deadly and dangerous cancers, which is one more reason to take your dental hygiene seriously.
Dental Health and Oral Cancer
New research has found that poor oral hygiene may be a risk factor when it comes to oral cancer. A Nigerian study recently found that poor oral hygiene due to a lack of tooth brushing was associated with primary oral cancer in a patient sample of 60 cases. Likewise, regular tooth brushing was connected to a healthy status in regards to oral cancer.
Oral Health and Pancreatic Cancer
According to a recent study completed between researchers at Harvard and the University of San Juan, poor oral health can be connected to pancreatic cancer. This study examined data from male subjects over 16 years and found that men with a history of periodontal disease had a 64% increased risk of this type of cancer. This was in comparison to men without a history of periodontal disease.
Oral Health and Cervical Cancer
There is no clearly defined relationship between oral health and cervical cancer, but researchers have found a connection between poor oral hygiene and a cancer-linked virus – HPV. A recent study found that among a group of surveyed U.S. adults, those of whom rated their oral health as “fair” or “poor” were more likely than other adults to have HPV, which could eventually lead to cancer like cervical cancer.
Overall, 10% of the respondents with gum or tooth disease tested positive for oral HPV. This was compared to only 6.5% of respondents who rated their dental health as good or excellent.
Regular dental cleanings and checkups are also important for good oral health. Call us today to set up your next appointment.
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