The New York Times reported on a new study from the American Association for Cancer Research that closely links gum disease to several different kinds of cancer, especially in older women. The study followed more than 65,000 women over eight years and concluded that, regardless of whether or not you smoke, if you have gum disease your risk of cancer increases by 12 to 14%.
Causes & Symptoms
When too much plaque and bacteria builds up in your mouth, your immune system releases substances that inflame your gums to try to protect your teeth. But when this happens often and over a prolonged period of time, minor inflammation and gingivitis can become full-fledged periodontal disease. There a few tell-tale signs, including:
- Swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
- Receding gum line
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
The Good News?
Periodontal disease is completely preventable with a comprehensive oral health routine, and at ProHEALTH Dental we work with you to treat gum inflammation as soon as it occurs, and to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Make sure you come in for regular checkups and screenings, and ask us about proper homecare at your next appointment. Regular visits to our office, along with daily brushing and flossing, will keep your teeth – and your overall health – strong and protected. Call us to schedule an appointment today if you’re overdue.
Read more about the study in the New York Times