It’s not exactly news that taking care of your gums and avoiding periodontal disease will help you keep your teeth but that is not all it does.
New data has found that women with gum disease have as much as 14% increased risk for esophageal and gallbladder cancers, with roughly a 12% increased risk for cancers of the breast and lung and for melanoma of the skin. However, gum disease was not associated with cancers of the pancreas, liver or lower digestive tract.
They are not sure exactly how it happens but think gum pathogens could reach sites in the body through swallowed saliva, causing inflammation in other organs which leads to cancer.
Meanwhile another study has found men with a history of periodontal disease could have an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
The study did not go into detail as to why gender plays a roll in the types of cancer. Click here for more