The inescapable trend in dental news today is oral-systemic health. From bacteria that are always found on the scene of heart disease, to links between oral health and oral cancer, the verdict came in a long time ago: healthy bodies need healthy mouths. A recent article by the British Dental Health Foundation has supported this idea with its latest study revealing a significant association between certain antibodies that form in response to oral bacteria, and a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. If you’ve been considering a visit to Calcagno Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, studies suggest it’s probably time to go through with your plans, and take charge of your health.
The Harbingers of Pancreatic Cancer
Researchers took the blood samples of over 800 European males, approximately half of whom had pancreatic cancer. When compared with the other half, who were demographically similar, but cancer-free, the blood samples from cancer patients contained markedly increased levels of the antibody produced in response to the periodontal bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis.
The study was careful to use blood samples that were taken, in some instances, up to a decade prior to a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. This means the likelihood that antibody levels were increased due to the presence of cancer is very low. That is not to say that a clear causal link has been established between the presence of the bacteria and the development of pancreatic cancer, but the study is certainly basis for further research on the links between the two.
Don’t Ignore Your Oral Health
Young people tend to only brush when they feel like it (or when they have a date). Older people think its probably too late for them to really make a turnaround with their oral health, and submit to having teeth pulled. But with knowledge of the importance of oral health being brought forward daily, we hope you will realize that consulting with Dr. Gilly Calcagno is imperative, no matter what your age, or the state of your oral health.
Contact Us Today
While everyone appreciates a beautiful smile, more than just looks are on the line when it comes to meeting with your Rochester dentist. From cavity and gum disease detection, to pediatric dentistry and implants for missing teeth, Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry has the knowledge and technology you need to start living a healthier life. Contact our Rochester dental office today by calling (507)281-3659. We look forward to hearing from you, and welcome patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington.