Called unexpected danger of gum disease
MOSCOW, 18 Jul — RIA Novosti. Scientists from the University of Helsinki have found that periodontitis can cause cancer. The study is published in the International Journal of Cancer.
Specialists for ten years conducted a study among just over 68 thousand adults of varying health status of the oral cavity. As a result, scientists have estimated that deaths from cancer have observed people made up of 14.45% and 11.36% with a history of periodontitis and healthy, respectively.
“Our study showed that bacterial infection in the gums can leak from the oral cavity to other parts of the body,” said lead research Professor Timo Sorsa.
In a parallel study published in the British Journal of Cancer, British scientists have found leads to periodontitis bacteria (Treponema denticola), the enzyme involved in the process of division, and found that exactly the same enzyme contained in the cancer cells of the gastrointestinal tract.
In addition, experts say that they found the enzyme suppresses the immune system and helps malignant tumors spread throughout the body.
Periodontitis affects the tissues surrounding the teeth. In the absence of proper treatment, the disease leads to destruction of alveolar bone and subsequent tooth loss. Periodontitis is one of the most common diseases of the gums.