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While gum disease is a serious issue on its own, there’s an even more worrisome aspect of periodontitis than tooth loss and bone deterioration.

Through some high-profile studies, it’s been revealed that men with a history of periodontal disease have a 14 percent higher risk of than men who haven’t experienced any type of gum disease in their lifetime.

One of the reasons for the link between gum disease, or periodontitis, and cancer is due to the fact that a lot of gum disease is caused by smoking, chewing tobacco, or a terrible diet. Both smoking and chewing tobacco put people at risk for obvious cancers (lung, gum, and pancreatic). However, even if you’ve never smoked or chewed before in your life, you put yourself at risk for the above mentioned cancers if you contract gum disease at any point in your life.

Luckily, there are ways to ward off gum disease – even if you’re genetically predisposed to it.

The regular flossing and brushing regimen recommended by Dr. Mark Curtis and Dr. Edward Reifman is one you should strictly adhere to if you don’t want to suffer the consequences of gum disease. Even though some people are genetically predisposed to periodontitis, proper preventative care and regular checkups will help you stay ahead of any major issues.

If you have any more questions about the link between gum disease and cancer, don’t hesitate to call us at 928-277-4754 today. We’re happy to help and answer any questions you may have.