Gum infections may increase risk for digestive tract sores

Published December 8, 2017


A Reuters article about a study that showed that gum infections may increase people’s risk for sores in the digestive tract that can lead to stomach cancer quotes Jean Wactawski-Wende, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions, who said inflammation may play a role. “This study is small and not able to prove causation; however, there is growing evidence that periodontal disease may be associated with certain types of cancer, including GI cancer,” she said. “Maintaining good oral hygiene through teeth brushing and flossing and seeing a dentist regularly may be prudent.” Articles appeared in news outlets that include Business Insider, Yahoo Finance UK and WTBX-FM in Minnesota.

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