Periodontitis/Periodontal disease refers to the inflammatory process that occurs in the tissue surrounding the teeth in response to bacterial accumulation or dental plaque on the teeth. Progressive bacterial infection of the gums leads to bone destruction and loss of tissue attachment to the teeth.
Scientists have discovered pancreatic cancer, which kills more than 8,000 people every year in the UK, is linked to two types of bacteria which cause gum disease. The study, presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in New Orleans, found people who had to the two bugs in their mouths were more likely to develop the disease.
The bacterium only has 700 genes and is the first strain ever discovered that’s completely dependent on other bacteria for survival. If that wasn’t creepy enough, this new life form has also been linked to a whole range of human diseases, including gum disease, cystic fibrosis, and antimicrobial resistance.
By exploring the wide variety of possible causes, including inconsistent oral hygiene routines, dietary habits, smoking, health concerns and more, your dentist can help you to identify the source of the problem and to determine possible solutions.