Failing to brush your teeth properly could increase the risk of dying prematurely from cancer, researchers claim.
found a link between high levels of dental plaque, or bacteria, and
dying from cancer up to 13 years earlier than might otherwise be
expected. Those with the most bacteria on the surface of their teeth and gums had an 80 per cent increased risk of premature death. Researchers say infection and
inflammation play a role in up to one in five cancers, and is a key
element in gum disease caused by dental plaque.
disease causes bad breath, bleeding gums and, if untreated, cavities,
receding gums and tooth loss after plaque settles between teeth and
under the gumline.
been linked to chronic health problems including heart disease, thought
to be caused by inflammation passing from the gums into the
bloodstream, although US researchers have recently suggested the link
may be coincidental.
Source - Daily Mail