Getting your bi-annual teeth cleanings and dental checkups may prove to be monumentally important in cutting your risk for cancer.
Scientists have found that the same bacteria that causes gum disease may also fuel the growth of cancer cells.
Published in the journal Immunity, scientists say the bacteria could hamper the body’s ability to fight off cancer.
When combined with human tissue cells, researchers found the bacteria attached itself to the parts of the immune system responsible for attacking cancer cells, preventing them from doing their job.
Given the bacteria is found in the mouth, everyone – young and old – should make oral health a priority. The number of links between low levels of oral health and killer diseases are growing by the year. Think about it: Brushing your teeth for four minutes a day could be a life-saving practice!
Gum disease is one of the largest non-communicable diseases worldwide. You need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day. This is done by brushing for two minutes twice a day, last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with fluoride toothpaste, as well as using floss to clean in between teeth where gum disease starts.
Regular visits to the dentist for a thorough check-up will help us identify any problems that are developing. Is it time to book your next dental visit? Give THE SCIENCE OF SMILES a call today!
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