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Flossing May Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Flossing may have an added benefit aside from removing everything stuck between your teeth.

Flossing may help to reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a new study. The reason for this, based on the Brown University study, is that gum disease could be linked to pancreatic cancer.

The conclusions that may be drawn from the study are concerning. The information shows that bacteria from the mouth may travel to other areas of the body, setting up a situation in which there is an inflammatory response. The immune system is adversely impacted and tumor signal pathways may be activated.

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Tooth Enamel Erosion from Soda May be Irreversible

When it comes to your teeth, diet soda isn’t any better than regular soda.

Regardless of the type of soda, enough of it results in the erosion of the tooth enamel. In many cases, the damage can’t be turned back.

The amount of erosion cases from soda has risen drastically in the last 25 years. People drink gigantic amounts of soda, and erosion of the enamel is inevitable in many cases.

The average American now drinks 44 gal of soda each year, according to the National Soft Drink Association. The phosphoric and citric acid in the soda changes the pH balance in the mouth and eventually leads to tooth erosion when consumed in large quantities.

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Gingival Stem Cells May be Utilized in Tissue Regeneration

Gingival stem cells may have some newly discovered capabilities.

Gingiva was recently identified to possess mesenchymal stem cells. Essentially, it may be possible for gingiva to spur tissue regeneration. The gingiva represents a unique soft tissue that acts as a biological barrier to protecting the oral cavity side of the maxilla and mandible.

The information comes from a report by the International and American Associations for Dental Research. The report appeared in the Journal of Dental Research.

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Link Exists Between Plaque, Early Cancer Death

Dental plaque could result in premature death in cancer patients, according to a new study.

The researchers determined that a large amount of plaque had some connection to a higher cancer mortality. When dental plaque is present it indicates bad oral hygiene, which is something that raises the risk of infection and ultimately may result in death.

A Swedish research team from the Karolinska Institute and a group from the University of Helsinki put the study together. The study appeared in the BMJ Open.

The study revealed that dental plaque could increase the risk of death by cancer by as much as 79 percent when analyzing all risk factors. Bacteria in the mouth is a big contributor to carcinogenesis.

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Single Male Smokers at Risk of Oral Cancer

Single male smokers are at a greater risk of developing oral cancer than any other group.

This new study discovered that single men who live alone smoke are atop the list of people at risk for developing oral cancer. They also have the highest risk of developing the human papilloma virus. HPV is generally spread by sexual contact.

The information recently appeared in the The Lancet.

For healthy men, the virus is uncommon and doesn’t stick around in the body for more 12 months at the most.

Despite all of the programs to combat smoking and the fact that HPV has been pinpointed as a major risk factor for oral cancer, smoking is still the main risk factor for oral cancer. About half of smokers eventually die from an illness related to smoking, particularly mouth cancer.

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