People with higher
amounts of dental plaque
could be more at risk of premature cancer
death, according to a new study
The work, published in the BMJ Open online journal, analysed 1,390 patients
between 1985 and 2009, with results revealing that after 24 years, 58 patients
Of these, 35 deaths were attributed to cancer and these people were seen to
have a significantly higher amount of dental plaque when they were alive.
People who died from cancer scored between 0.84 to 0.91 on the plaque index,
while the survivors had consistently lower scores of 0.66 to 0.67 - indicating
only partial plaque coverage.
"Based on the present findings, the high bacterial load on tooth surfaces
and in gingival pockets over a prolonged time may indeed play a role in
carcinogenesis," stated the authors of the report.
They called for further research to be carried out.
© Adfero Ltd
Private dentistry news: 13 June 2012