New Research Claims Stronger Link Between Cancer and Gum Disease

Thursday 7 January 2016, 3:54PM
By Penrose Dental


In New Zealand, the most common cause of death for both males and females is cancer. According to the latest findings of the NZ Cancer Registry, “the age-standardised death rate from cancer decreased by 13.4%, from 145.5 to 125.9 per 100,000 (people),” between 2001 and 2011.

In line with this, a recent research found that periodontitis and cancer are strongly linked to one another. The bacteria that plays a key role in the development of gum diseases also hinders your body from fighting off cancerous cells effectively, leading to the progression of cancer as well.

This study shows that oral pathogen Fusobacterium nucleatum, a troublemaking germ that commonly resides in the mouth area, grants “tumours with anti-immune defence mechanism” and strongly deters the immune system from battling diseases, particularly cancer.

To avoid the bacteria from causing worse problems, scientists remind everyone to keep their teeth clean and make it a habit to get teeth whitening services. Unfortunately, gargling isn’t enough to fend off the bacteria, which practitioners also link to other health problems such as heart disease and HIV.

To help people maintain good oral condition, Penrose Dental offers extensive dental treatment. You can be sure about your oral health as they use the latest dental restoration technology, delivering high quality care with a single appointment. They provide a full warranty on all restorative care on the condition of regular check-ups and cleaning for six months.

The dental practice offers gum treatments, a good start in preventing cancer cells from progressing. Their head practitioner, Dr Chris Lim, has the skills and knowledge to make your teeth healthy, looking good and feeling great. He efficiently addresses bleeding and swollen gums that come with or without bad breath.

More About Penrose Dental

As a premier and affordable dentist in Auckland, Dr Chris Lim and his team of professionals are the right people to turn to if you have underlying infection in your gums. They are passionate about delivering state of the art dental care with kindness and compassion in a comfortable and friendly office.

Penrose Dental values your oral health. To give you the results you deserve, only one practitioner will supervise and address your needs. This allows the dentists to provide a more efficient treatment, regarding effective two-way communication and patient-to-dentist relationships.

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