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Dental Plaque Linked to Cancer Risk


New research has uncovered the fact that those who have poor oral hygiene are at an increased risk of cancer and premature death. The study used healthy adults to prove the importance of oral health. The conclusion was, those who have a buildup of plaque on their teeth, have a 79 percent greater risk of premature death. The study took place at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and the results were eye-opening to the dental community. Dental cleanings remove plaque, tarter, and other toxins from the mouth. Those who avoid these cleanings may be at risk.

The Dangerous Build U of Bio-Film

Plaque builds up on the teeth and creates a bio-film. This bio-film is a mixture of toxins and enzymes that solidify on the tooth’s surface. These toxins get down into the gingival crevices and then enter the bloodstream. Toxins in the blood increase the risk of infections and cancer. The study began in 1985. The university selected adults between the ages of 30-40 for their research. There were 1,390 participants. These adults were healthy and had no signs of periodontitis. These individuals were followed as their oral health progressed until 2009. At various intervals, their dental plaque measurements were taken and notated.

The Study Shows Males Are At A Greater Risk

Shockingly, the 24-year study ended with 58 patients dying. Of the 58 deaths, 35 were due to malignancies. The remaining individuals did a final follow up to record their plaque levels. It was discovered that their dental plaque index was significantly less in those that remained than those who had passed. In this study, the male gender seemed to be at a greater risk. In fact, the male to female ratio was more than double. Males who have a greater plaque buildup are at a great risk. 

Dental Appointments Are Vital

The study notated the statistical differences between the dead and living participants. Those who passed all had poor oral health. They had a build-up of plaque, calculus, and gingival inflammation. The research proved that those who ignore their oral health, and do not visit their dentist regularly, are at a great risk for malignancy. The association between poor oral hygiene and cancer mortality cannot be ignored any longer. Having the teeth cleaned twice per year is not a suggestion, it is a requirement. The teeth may hold the link between life and death.