When visiting the dentist, it is easy to ignore the warnings from doctors and hygienists about the importance of brushing, flossing, and bi-annual visits. Often patients disregard these concerns, but Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman want you to know that home oral care is more than just keeping a clean mouth. Oral health is closely connected with the entire body as it is a gateway to the blood stream and to new diseases. Periodontal Associates is constantly educating patients about the secondary effects on health and the progression of dangerous bacteria in the mouth. In fact, gum disease resulting from poor oral hygiene and gum disease has been linked to the development of pancreatic cancer in men.
A study conducted out of Boston correlated the unnoticeable disease of periodontitis and pancreatic cancer after reviewing health related data from 51,000 men starting from 1986. The study found men with history of gum disease have a 64% increased risk for developing pancreatic cancer versus men with great oral health. (Maybe this is why there are so many male doctors like Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman in the Periodontal field.) Furthermore, the more severe the gum disease is the higher the risk. For example, gum disease can progress to the extent of recession, pocketing, and tooth loss. These patients not only need to visit our Aurora, CO office for dental implants, but they now have higher chances of forming cancer in the pancreas.
This study has not been the only link between these two seemingly different diseases. Former studies have also found links between tooth loss and risk of cancers like pancreatic. Those suffering from gum disease have a higher level of C reactive protein (CPR) in their blood. These are inflammatory markers responsible for the first response to inflammation in the gums caused by infection and have been specifically noticed in persons with pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer, versus other cancers, has the highest fatality rate among American men and women where less than 5% of patients survive longer than 5 years after diagnosis. These numbers can be scary, and although it is not confirmed that gum disease is a cause or a direct link to pancreatic cancer, it is important to preserve your health as best as possible to fight off any chance of this and other diseases.
At Periodontal Associates, Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman are experts and professionally trained to diagnose and treat gum disease. Many of our Denver metro patients are sent by their general dentist as only Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman are specialists in curing the infections of the mouth. Don’t hesitate to visit our Aurora office for your next exam. This visit could save your life and your smile. Call us at (303) 755-4500 to schedule your comprehensive oral exam today.