- January 17, 2015
As we mentioned in our previous post, your oral health can play a big factor in the health of the rest of your body. Research is still fairly new in these areas of connection, but we are finding statistics that show a definite connection. Take a look below at some of the latest numbers and theories behind the relationships that link gum disease and your overall health.
We are still learning a lot about the relationship between gum disease and the prevalence of cancer. Researchers studying pancreatic cancer in men have found that men who have experienced gum disease are 64% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than men who have never had gum disease. This is a truly alarming number!
As you may be aware, Alzheimer’s disease diagnoses are growing each year. Scientists are studying Alzheimer’s to try to find connections. When looking at the brains of these patients, scientists discovered the bacteria p. gingivalis, which is the same bacteria linked with advanced gum disease. The brains of patients without Alzheimer’s did not show signs of this bacteria.
We have long known that heart disease and gum disease are linked, but a new theory might explain why. Scientists believe that when a patient’s gums are bleeding, the bacteria from gum disease is allowed into the bloodstream. It then sticks to your blood platelets causing clots which leads to heart disease or possible a heart attack.
As you can see, researchers are still working on concrete reasoning for these statistics, but we are on a path that shows connection after connection between gum disease and these other, more concerning, medical conditions. Contact us today with your questions and concerns. We would love to hear from you very soon to help you develop better oral health practices.