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A Link Between Gum Disease & Lung Cancer

Did you know that periodontal disease and lung cancer were linked in a 2016 research study conducted by Chinese researchers? The study observed over 321,000 participants for this study. Some who consumed alcohol and smoked, some who did not. All, however, did have periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an inflammation of the gum and bone support surrounding the teeth. There are different causes for this disease and not just one age range is more prone to being diagnosed than any other. Although there are two main factors that increase your risk of periodontal disease: diabetes and smoking.

Lung cancer begins in the lungs and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States of both men and women. People who smoke have an increased risk of lung cancer, although that may not always be the cause for some people – even non-smokers have been diagnosed. As the number of years of smoking increases, the risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer also increases.

An interesting fact that was found with lung cancer and periodontal disease was that women who have the periodontal disease were more likely to develop lung cancer over men. Although there is still a lot of research left to do with this study, it is important to know that periodontal disease or gum disease has been linked to lung cancer increases your risk if not treated properly.

Before you worry too much, there is treatment available for periodontal disease. Dr. Lindsey Pikos Rosati, a Periodontist at Coastal Jaw Surgery in West Central Florida, says that “Periodontal disease can be treated in a variety of ways. It is never too late to get back on track! “

The treatment doesn’t stop with Dr. Rosati either. You can continue your treatment at home with regular 6-month check-ups to your periodontist.

To get started with your treatment plan for periodontal disease (gum disease), call and make an appointment with Dr. Lindsey Pikos Rosati at the Palm Harbor or Same Day Teeth® office in Trinity.

We look forward to speaking with you and helping you rid your mouth of gum disease!


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