Could gum disease increase the risk of oral cancer?
According to researchers, the answer is yes. With the caveat that more research needs to be done in order to conclusively link the two, scientists recently presented a study that suggests that people with periodontitis have a higher incidence of oral cancer than those who do not.
Those patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer had a significantly higher number of missing teeth and alveolar bone loss -- both key indicators of periodontal disease.
A thorough oral cancer screening is done at every Wilmette Dental exam. If you have questions or concerns about your oral cancer risk, talk with Dr. Neuhaus.
If you are looking for a dental practice with deep roots in -- and a long history on -- Chicago's North Shore, Wilmette Dental is accepting new patients. Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online at www.wilmettedental.com.