Your toothbrush and floss are some of the most important tools that you can use to lower your risk of cancer and other diseases. If you use them in the proper way, you can lower the chances of death by cancer by up to 80%. Although the medical community has known about the influence that good oral health can have on the body, many people still don’t realize how vital having healthy gums and teeth really are.
An observational study published by the British Medical Journal Open online proposed that gum disease (periodontitis) may have a far more severe effect on the body than we ever imagined. The Swedish researchers found that there is a link between excessive dental plaque and premature cancer death. Levels of bacteria that are higher correlate with increased risks of dying, up to 13 years earlier than would normally be expected. Of course, scientists believe that further studies would be required to prove a relationship between oral health and cancer, but other studies have also shown similar findings and suggest a strong link between the two. Some experts even claim that 1 out of 5 cancers are caused by chronic inflammation and bacterial infections, which are also the primary causes of gum disease.