Cancer and Your Mouth
When people think about cancer and their mouth, if anything comes to mind, it’s probably oral cancer. During your regular dental exams and cleanings, your family dentist needs to be checking for signs of this disease because it is important that you catch it early. However, there’s another form of cancer that has been linked to oral health, and if you aren’t taking proper care of your mouth, you are at-risk.
Pancreatic cancer is a form of the disease that occurs when the cell growth in the pancreas is out of control. As it progresses, the cells continuously divide and lump together, forming tumors that interfere with the normal functions of the pancreas. If you aren’t worried about pancreatic cancer, you should be. When something as simple as treating and preventing gum disease can save your life, shouldn’t you be doing everything you can?
- Every year in the US, 30,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
- The rate of survival up to 5 years is below 5%.
- 74% of patients pass away after the first year.
- On average, life expectancy after diagnosis is only 3 to 6 months.
Unfortunately, treatment options for pancreatic cancer are limited. That’s why it is vital to work towards preventing its onset as much as possible. A healthy life of regular exercise and a balanced diet are great, but they aren’t always enough. Having been linked to oral conditions, our dental specialists can help you stay healthy.
Pancreatic Cancer and Gum Disease
Research has found links between pancreatic cancer and both gum disease and bone disease. One study showed that men who have a history of gum disease are 63% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. Additionally, people who have chronic inflammation due to gum disease tend to harbor increased levels of harmful bacteria in their mouths. Over time, these high levels of bacteria can lead to higher amounts of bacteria that cause cancer.
Our dental specialists know how much of an impact your teeth and gums have on the rest of your body. That’s why we have specialists in every field. We want our patients to be able to find treatment for any oral condition they might develop under one roof. Considering that about 50% of adults have some level of gingivitis or gum disease, it is crucial that you take proper care of your mouth. Let us help you be on the right side of that 50%. Schedule your appointment today.