Advanced Gum Disease May Raise Cancer Risk

by ProfKeith

If you’ve read my book “Virtual Medicine” (you should have!), you’ll know that I gave some space to the dangers of periodontal disease. Today it’s probably the #1 marker for heart disease.

But do you remember, I also talked on pages 62- 63 about dental dangers, with particular reference to the work of Dr. Patrick Stortebecker, of the Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, Sweden. Stortebecker, a brilliant researcher, was convinced that gum and dental disease can also form the focus for a cancer of the jaw or mouth. I accept this.

In the 80s- and 90s I saw dental foci over and over again as the deadly energetic signal on a body with cancer of the mouth region.

Always happy to be 20 years ahead of the curve—Hey, it’s where I live!

Now a new study backs up everything I wrote over those years. Chronic periodontitis may significantly raise the risk of head and neck cancer. Periodontitis is advanced gum disease that leads to progressive loss of bone and soft tissue that surround the teeth.

In fact, each millimeter of bone loss due to chronic periodontitis was associated with a more than four times higher risk of head and neck cancer, after taking into account other known risk factors such as smoking, which is remarkable.

This may help explain why head and neck cancer rates continue to climb although smoking rates have been declining for the last 40 years.

The study also adds to a growing body of research that shows chronic inflammation can affect the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.

The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, compared rates of periodontitis in 226 people with head and neck cancer and a comparison group of 207 people without cancer.

Use your toothbrush often, get dental check ups and teeth cleaning, take CoenzymeQ10, a powerful cure for periodontal disease and follow everything I said in my book “Diet Wise”, to keep your inflammation levels very low

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Dental in Richmond September 17, 2009 at 5:48 pm

This just goes to show that dental health is an important aspect of our overall well being. We should never neglect our dental hygiene. Thank you for sharing this.

General Dentistry in Cambridge October 12, 2009 at 2:53 am

I think oral health is not only important to your appearance & sense of well-being, but also to your overall health. Cavities & gum disease may contribute to many serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and premature and low weight babies. Untreated cavities can also be painful and lead to serious infections.

Dental Milpitas August 1, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Gum disease can also increase one’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease, as well as degenerative diseases.

Dr. Keith August 2, 2010 at 8:16 am

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