Dental Nurse News: Gum disease link to throat cancer

Gum disease added to the known risk factors for throat cancer

A new study has shown a strong link between the bacteria that cause gum disease and an increased risk of developing throat cancer.
The findings were recently published in the journal “Infectious Agents and Cancer”. The results of the study add to the known risk factors for such cancers which are chemical exposure, diet, heredity and age.
Dental professionals may wish to bear this in mind when examining patients suffering from advanced gum disease.