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Does More Dental Plaque Mean Higher Chances of Dying From Cancer?
 
The gnarly plaque lurking on your gums and teeth may increase your chances of dying from cancer, new research suggests. Many studies have linked oral health to chronic illnesses such as heart disease. This latest research, however, suggests that people who have more plaque on their teeth and gums are more likely to die prematurely from cancer.
 
Specifically, people with high amounts of dental plaque were 79 percent more likely to die prematurely, the study showed. That said, the absolute risk of any person with dental plaque dying early of cancer was low.
 
The findings held even after researchers controlled for certain factors known to increase risk of cancer death. Although the study did not examine how the two may be connected, underlying inflammation may be the common denominator.
 
It is too early to say that this plaque directly causes cancer, he said, but "it would be wise for patients to minimize their oral plaque through good oral hygiene and regular dental exams and professional cleanings."
 
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
It has long been understood that the health of the oral cavity can affect the health of the other organ systems—as dentists will prophylactically prescribe antibiotics for those with heart conditions. Now, it is increasingly accepted that dental health can have global effects on the rest of the body. I ask every new patient the health of their mouth. I want to know if they have mercury amalgam fillings, how old they may be, as well as if any crowns or root canals had a traumatic or bothersome history. Low grade infections in the mouth, particularly those caused by root canals can affect systems from neurological to immune responses. Check with your dentist if any of these areas are a concern for you.
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