Many would agree that nothing instills fear like the word cancer. Are you aware of the connection between cancer and gum disease? Many of us strive to live healthy lifestyles to help reduce the risk of cancer. Do you exercise, avoid toxins wherever possible, stay away from tobacco, and try to eat well? Good for you. But, how are you treating your gums? If you’re neglecting signs of gum disease, you are, in essence, increasing your risk of cancer.
Gum disease can do more than result in tooth loss. It can also have negative impacts on your health. Infections in the mouth could have fatal consequences if left untreated.
Gum Disease and Cancer
Many studies have shown that those with gum disease have an increased risk of cancers, including: oral cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, blood cancer, and more. The more severe the gum disease, the higher the risk of cancer and other illnesses. Additionally, if you have certain illnesses, poor gum health could complicate your recovery.
Beyond its connection to cancer, gum disease is also linked to heart disease, diabetes complications, complications in pregnancy, osteoporosis and Arthritis, and other health issues. Maintaining good healthy gums could lower your risk.
How Excellence in Dentistry Can Help
Our Cottage Grove and Madison, WI offices both offer comprehensive periodontal services that can help you improve your gum health. We can help you determine whether or not you have gum disease. If you do not, we can help prevent it. If you do have signs of gum disease, we can help stop the progression and help lower your risk for a variety of possible negative health outcomes, including: tooth loss, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and more.
Our offices are equipped with the state-of-the-art PerioLase device as well as skilled dental team staff members who can help put you at ease and make your experience in the dentist’s chair comfortable and pain-free. We would be happy to meet with you to talk about your oral health and any health concerns you have. Your mouth really is connected to your overall wellbeing. Let us help you reduce your risk by helping you show off a great smile with healthy gums.