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The Link Between Oral & Systemic Health: Cancer-Causing Pathogens in Your Mouth

  • March 20, 2014

For many years, the scientific and medical communities have been well aware of the fact that oral health plays a significant role in overall physical wellbeing. Patients with gum disease, for example, are substantially more likely to develop problems like heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, and even dementia. The connection between pathogens in the mouth and cancer throughout the body, however, has only recently been discovered. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania in Williamsport, PA and Collegeville, PA, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his team help patients better understand the link between the state of their oral health and their potential risk of serious complications, including various cancers.

Dangerous Pathogens Carry High Risks

In recent studies, a specific bacterium called Fusobacterium nucleatum – commonly found in the plaque that develops on teeth – was linked to cancers of the colon. F. nucleatum has been observed in the development of malignant colorectal tumors, according to researchers at both Harvard and Case Western Reserve University. In addition, the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported that this very bacterium can result in infections within the uterus, a condition that can lead to stillbirth at various stages of pregnancy.

Aside from problems directly related to oral hygiene, issues related to excessive amounts of fluoride and toxic mercury fillings have been reported. Individuals who believe that they may be at risk for developing these problems are advised to consult with Dr. DiGiallorenzo as soon as possible, as these complications are most successfully treated when diagnosed early.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

As always, if you ever have any concerns about your oral health and how it may affect other aspects of your life, Dr. DiGiallorenzo at LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania is here to help in every way possible. Please feel free to contact us at either one of our offices – in Williamsport, PA and Collegeville, PA – with your questions or concerns, or if you’re ready to schedule your consultation. Our offices warmly welcome patients from communities in surrounding areas, including Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Sunbury, Pottstown, and throughout Pennsylvania. Our caring, experienced team looks forward to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile and complete wellbeing overall.