Several cancers are linked to periodontal disease. Specific oral bacterial pathogens, Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn), Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa), and Porphyrmonas gingivalis (Pg), significantly increase risks for developing specific cancers. Scientific research shows how Fn can travel to the colon to stimulate and promote colorectal cancer. And, the presence of Aa and Pg increase your risk for developing pancreatic cancer.
In addition to these specific bacterial infections, gum disease and gingivitis increase risk factors for lung, kidney, pancreatic, and white blood cell cancers.
Dr. Estep and her Intown Smile Studio team offer genetic testing (a simple saliva test) to check for these specific pathogens…………………….
Gum disease significantly increases your risk for developing cancer. It’s quite possible that the oral pathogens present in gum disease somehow turn the cancer genes “on.”
After finding a link between oral bacteria and pregnancy, Dr. Yiping Han realized oral bacteria don’t stop at pregnancy. Dr. Han is currently researching how similar oral pathogens might travel to the colon and stimulate and promote colorectal cancer (33).
There are 2 known oral pathogens that more than double your risk for pancreatic cancer. We offer a simple saliva test that looks for these and other oral pathogens. If your mouth is infected, we offer preventive and progressive treatment to eliminate the oral pathogens. Gum disease significantly increases your risk for having pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer (arguably one of the scariest cancers because of limited early detection and very low survival rate) is also part of the oral-systemic connection. Recent studies show that 2 specific oral bacteria increase your risk for developing pancreatic cancer.
Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) increases a person’s risk for pancreatic cancer by 119%, and Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) increases risk by 59% (22). More interesting is the research that suggests that having a healthy oral biofilm (when your mouth has only the good bacteria) is protective against developing pancreatic cancer (23). Researchers believe that the healthy oral biofilm releases signals to the body that improves and heightens the immune system causing a protective mechanism against developing cancer.
Lung, Kidney, Pancreatic, and White Blood Cell Cancer
Studies (24) show gum disease significantly increases the risk factors for lung, kidney, pancreatic, and white blood cell cancer. Research is continuing to find out if a healthy oral biofilm will prove to also provide protection against developing these cancers.