August 2, 2017
by Lisa Rapaport, Reuters
Older women with gum infections are more likely to get many common cancers than their peers who have perfect oral health, a recent study suggests.
Researchers focused on what’s known as periodontal disease, serious infections in the mouth that are caused by bacteria in dental plaque. Daily brushing and flossing can prevent gingivitis, the milder form of periodontal disease, but untreated cases can lead to permanent damage to the gums and bone.
Compared to women without oral health problems, women with periodontal disease were 14 percent more likely to develop cancer, the study found.
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