Gum Disease May Cause Head, Neck Cancer

Severe gum disease may result in many other major health problems.

Patients with Human Papilloma Virus-positive tumors had much larger bone loss when compared to patients with tumors that were HPV-negative, according to a recent study.

HPV is a growing cause of cancer in many places around the world. In the United Kingdom, 6,000 people suffer from oral cancer and there are nearly 2,000 people who die from the disease.

This information is essential because more teeth are lost from severe gum disease than through tooth decay.

Many studies in the last few years have concluded that there is a link between gum disease and a higher risk of oral cancer stemming from HPV. There have been studies that indicate that neglecting to brush one's teeth leads to an extremely increased chance of premature death from cancer.

The best way to avoid these problems is to maintain solid oral health through brushing and visiting the dentist on a regular basis.