Study Urges Men to Brush Up on Their Oral Health to Reduce Cancer Risk
CHICAGO—June 4, 2008—Most people already know that maintaining oral health is a vital component of achieving overall health, but a recent study reveals why it is especially crucial that men pay close attention to their teeth and gums. Research published in the June 2008 issue of The Lancet Oncology found that men with a history of gum disease are
- 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer
- 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer
- 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers
“Previous research has suggested a potential link between gum disease and other conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis,” says
Gum disease can be managed with daily brushing and flossing, and routine visits to a dental health professional. Men who develop gum disease should consider consulting with a periodontist, the dentist specially trained in the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease. A periodontist can help develop an effective treatment plan to best manage the disease.