If you’ve been frequenting this blog then you’re no stranger to the idea that what goes on in your mouth can affect the rest of your body. A recent study from a team including researchers at Brown University and the British Dental Health Association, has found links between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. The study was published in the journal Gut and links a particular bacteria to the development of pancreatic cancer by tracing the level of antibodies present in the blood of those who would later go on to be diagnosed.
Antibodies and Pancreatic Cancer
The study found that in the blood samples of over 800 European males, which were taken before a diagnosis of cancer, levels of an antibody specific to periodontal disease were correlated with the development of pancreatic cancer later in life. When the periodontal bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis amasses in the mouth, certain antibodies are released to attack it. It is these antibodies that were measured in the study, and which are now allowing association between the bacteria and the development of pancreatic cancer.
The fact that blood samples were taken prior to a diagnosis leaves no doubt that the increased antibody levels were not caused by the cancer itself, but are perhaps linked to its development later on down the road. Though no causal link has yet been established between the two, previous studies have found similar links, and experts intend to conduct further research that could possibly help diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier in the future.
A beautiful, healthy smile can bring you many things in life, and thanks to current research we know that a healthy body is one of those things. To take control of your oral health contact Dr. James Fondriest today by calling (804)320-6800. Here at Lake Forest Dental Arts we welcome patients from Lake Forest and surrounding Chicago neighborhoods.