General And Cosmetic Dentistry in Chicago, IL Shows Possible Links Between Plaque Buildup and Cancer

by | Jan 18, 2014 | Dental

Did you know studies have been done that link the care of your teeth to your longevity? It is true; new studies have shown a correlation between plaque, gum disease and forms of cancer, and you have the right to know about these things. The Family Dentist Group, with three locations in Chicago, offers General And Cosmetic Dentistry in Chicago, IL and wants to enlighten you on how your teeth is tied to your life.

From the early teens on up, over 50% of Americans suffer from gum disease of some variety. New observations have linked plaque buildup, which incidentally is one of the major causes of gum disease, to illnesses such as heart disease. The observations have suggested extreme plaque buildup is linked to people dying of cancer earlier than they might have otherwise. While the plaque buildup was discovered in these individuals who died prematurely of cancer, it should be noted the studies have not concluded plaque buildup as the reason for the cancer, only that in each observed case, plaque buildup was discovered. This is certainly an eye-opening concern for those in dental care and those who desire to do all possible to ensure their overall health.

Gum disease is first noted in the incipient stage when gingivitis occurs, which is the inflammation of the gums as a result of plaque buildup. Once the teeth accumulate enough plaque, the stage progresses to periodontal disease, which has been associated with heart attack incidents. Now that the possibility of being a factor in cancer exists, you need to ensure you are doing all you can to take care of your teeth. The Family Dentist Group in Chicago offers to assist you in this, providing services in general dentistry such as dental exams and cleanings, emergency dentistry such as root canals or extractions, cosmetic dentistry such as dental implants, tooth whitening, fixed bridges, dentures and more, and other dental procedures.

There is no need to go around in fear of whether or not your teeth are like a ticking time bomb to cancer in your body. Make an appointment to see a dentist today.

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