Oral Health News: There May Be a Connection between Periodontal Disease and Pancreatic Cancer
As the fourth leading type of cancer in the United States, pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to treat if it is not discovered in its earliest stages. This is why it is critical for anyone who may be at risk of developing this cancer to get checked regularly.
Some of the risks associated with pancreatic cancer include family members who have had the disease, as well as the presence of periodontal disease. Dr. Paul Snisky and Dr. Stephen Stein wish to educate patients in Scarsdale, NY about the correlation between these two conditions.
About Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease causes destruction of the bone and supporting structures that hold the teeth in place. It also creates inflammation of gum tissues due to the presence of bacteria. Some researchers theorize that this inflammation causes an infection that increases C-reactive protein, which is believed to potentially contribute to pancreatic cancer. Another hypothesis is that those with periodontal disease have elevated levels of nitrosamines, known carcinogens.
Take Precautions to Increase Your Overall Wellness
Regardless of how periodontal disease may play a part as one of the causes of pancreatic cancer, it is evident that there is an elevated risk of developing this cancer if periodontal disease is not treated. Therefore, it is recommended that anyone with symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding or inflamed gums, loose or shifting teeth, or chronic halitosis contact Dr. Snisky and Dr. Stein for a consultation.
During this examination, we will discuss any issues which may concern you, including how your dental health can be one of the causes of pancreatic cancer. Together, we will identify and develop a plan to maintain your oral health and lower your risk of developing other conditions related to gum disease. Please contact our office in Scarsdale, NY to schedule your visit with Dr. Snisky and Dr. Stein.