Periodontal Disease Associated With Increased Risk Of Precancerous Lesions, Study Suggests.

December 11, 2017 10:49 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Dentistry in the News-published in ADA Morning Huddle

Reuters (12/7, Rapaport) reports that a study involving 35 people suggests periodontal disease “may increase people’s risk for sores in the digestive tract that can lead to stomach cancer.” The article reports that researchers found “32 percent of people with precancerous gastric lesions had the kind of bleeding during dental exams that is a hallmark of periodontal disease,” and they were also “more likely to have high levels of several types of bacteria in their mouths that can contribute to periodontal disease.” University at Buffalo researcher Jean Wactawski-Wende, who was not involved in the study, said, “This study is small and not able to prove causation; however, there is growing evidence that periodontal disease may be associated with certain types of cancer, including GI cancer.” The findings are published in the Journal of Periodontology. provides additional information on periodontal disease.

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