An observational Swedish study has revealed that out of almost 1400
people studied between 1985 and 2009 where 35 of the participants died
of cancer, the cancer patients had higher levels ofdental plaquethan the survivors, as reported by Time.com.
The researchers at the Karolinska Institute and the University of
Helsinki revealed that participants in the study with high levels of
dental plaque were 80% more likely to die prematurely of cancer during
the 24-year study period than people with little to no dental plaque.
The American Dental Association recently responded to the results of a study published in the American Cancer Society’s online journal,Cancer, which associated yearly or more frequent dental X-rays with an increase in the risk of developing meningioma, a type of noncancerous brain tumor.
The ADA reviewed the study and responded in a news release stating that “results (of the study) rely on the individuals’ memories of having dental X-rays taken years earlier.
Why Gum Disease Is More Common With Old Age
New research from Queen Mary, University of London, in collaboration with research groups in the United States, may elucidate the reasons behind deteriorating gums as we age. According to the study, published in Nature Immunology, the worsening of gum health, common with aging, is associated with a drop in the level of a chemical called Del-1.
In the study’s abstract, authors wrote that aging is “linked to greater susceptibility to chronic inflammatory diseases, several of which, including periodontitis, involve neutrophil-mediated tissue injury.