Can a trip to the hygienist prevent cancer?
Researchers have discovered that regular trips to your hygienist may help prevent cancer – and not just oral cancers! Why? According to the researchers’ findings, there is a strong connection between periodontal (gum) disease and many types of cancers.
A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the USA estimated the prevalence, severity, and extent of periodontitis in the adult U.S. population and found that more than 47% of people have periodontitis. many were unaware that they had the condition. The researchers also revealed that early symptoms of many systemic diseases ( including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, low-birth-weight complications in pregnancy, and pulmonary disease) manifest in the oral cavity months or even years before symptoms manifest elsewhere and even before the conditions are detected through conventional medical tests.
So, when you visit your dentist and hygienist, you’re not just looking after your teeth. You’re having a medical check-up that could save your life!
To read more, visit: Periodontal Link to Chronic Health Conditions