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Bacteria-Causing Gum Disease May Lead to Oral Cancer Growth

Posted on: May 31st, 2016 | Categories: Oral Health

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As we get older, we need to pay more and more attention to our oral hygiene. If we keep it healthy, we will be at a less risk for common issues such as cavities, but more importantly, we will limit our risk for gum disease and oral cancer.

A recent study from Case Western states that the “fatty acids from bacteria present in gum disease may cause Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS)-related lesions and tumors in the mouth.” As per the study, it was the “byproducts of fatty acids” that caused these oral tumors. As with many forms of cancer, the research is proposing pre-screenings of people with periodontal disease to catch tumors before they worsen. People with periodontal disease are known to have “high levels of bacteria” present in their mouth’s saliva, which can exacerbate the situation.

When the research group was examined, people wanted to find out why some were developing these cancerous tumors, but also why those were not and what separates them from each other. This specific research concluded “the fatty acids impacted the replication of KS.” With fatty acids present, the body could not prevent the growth of the cancer.

To ensure that you are not at high-risk for oral cancer, keep up with your regular dental appointments, and take care of your teeth as you age. If you already have periodontal disease, make sure you follow the treatment plans proposed by your dentist.


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