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Dental Plaques Associated with Premature Cancer Death


Dental Plaques Associated with Premature Cancer Death

(epharmanews)- Dental plaque has been implicated with systemic health problems such as cavities, gingivitis, and endocarditis. They also appear to be implicated with premature cancer death, according to a new Swedish study.

The study included 1400 Swedish cancer patients who were chosen randomly and followed for 24 years from 1985 to 2009. All participants were in their 30s and 40s at the start of the monitoring period, when they were all quizzed about factors likely to increase their cancer risk, such as smoking and levels of affluence.

Dental plaque is made up of a film of bacteria, which covers the surfaces of the teeth, including the gaps between the teeth and gums. It leads to tooth decay and gum inflammation, with the potential for tooth loss.

The results, published in BMJ Open, suggest that dental plaque was associated with a significantly (79%) increased risk of premature death, although the absolute risk of premature death was low, with only 58 out of 1,390 participants dying after 24 years.

“We think that it is the inflammation caused by the dental plaque on tooth surfaces, the inflammation have the possibility to spread out thru the gingival pocket into the bloodstream and can affect the different organs in the body” said study author Birgitta Söder Dr.Med.Sc., Lic. Odont. Sc., PhD, RDH from the Department of Dental Medicine at the Karolinska Institutet in an exclusive comment for Epharmanews.

The authors caution that their findings do not prove that dental plaque causes or definitely contributes to cancer.

“Our study hypothesis was confirmed by the finding that poor [mouth] hygiene, as reflected in the amount of dental plaque, was associated with increased cancer mortality,” they write. “Further studies are required to determine whether there is any causal element in the observed association.”


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