There are many reasons to maintain good oral hygiene that go far beyond avoiding cavities and gum disease. After all, the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. Bad oral health is linked to a slew of other bodily diseases, which certain research indicates may include pancreatic cancer.
According to a research team from the Harvard School of Public Health, there is strong evidence that pancreatic cancer may have a significant link to gum disease. Specifically, it appears to be related to a form of gum disease known as periodontitis, which affects the gum tissues that support your teeth and can lead to a loss of bone around your jaw. One study showed that men with a history of such gum disease had a 64% greater risk of pancreatic cancer, when compared to men who never had gum disease. Whether this points to gum disease increasing your risk of pancreatic cancer, or a risk factor of pancreatic cancer making you more likely to suffer from gum disease, is unclear at this time.
One way or another, it remains clear that regular visits to your dentist are a vital part of keeping up good health. Contact our Federal Way dentistry to schedule an appointment.