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How Bad Oral Health is Connected to Increased Cancer Risks

Posted on 9/7/2020 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
How Bad Oral Health is Connected to Increased Cancer RisksAlmost everyone thinks about dental health regarding that tooth pain in the night we all dread, or bad breath. Many live with those challenges, but do not always seek proper dental treatment. There is a problem with not getting treatment. Poor oral health can increase your risk of developing cancer.

The Connection Between Dental Health and Liver Cancer

The mouth is the entry to our digestion system. Think about it as a gateway that any nutrition going toward stomach should pass. When this gateway has problems staying healthy or is infected, everything after the mouth has the potential to suffer. The passing food can become unhealthy and cause problems for the rest of the system.

The liver is one of the more crucial components in the digestion system. It does a lot when it comes to growth and synthesizing the proteins we consume on a regular basis. Any type of disease in this organ could be harmful and even cause death. Lots of research shows that poor dental health increases the chance of liver cancer by as much as 75%. That means you need to make sure you properly prioritize your oral health so your whole body can stay healthy.

Does Poor Dental Health Cause Other Types of Cancer?

The digestive system is not the only system affected by poor dental health. Academic researchers have found an increased risk of breast cancer related to poor dental health, as well. It has been shown to increase the risk of pancreatic, colorectal, lung, and even kidney cancer.

Poor dental health and hygiene is not just a problem affecting your teeth and gums. You need to make sure that you are taking good care of your mouth as a whole each day. If you want to learn more about the types of cancer that could come as a result of poor oral health, contact us at our office. We will gladly take the time to teach you about the effects of poor oral health, plus teach you how you can improve yours.

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