At Top Down Dental, we’re dedicated to the whole health of our patients, which is why we take such a holistic approach to each of our patients’ dental plans. Every day, researchers and physicians find more hard evidence of a whole-body health link, and we stay on the leading edge to ensure our patients’ oral health is only positively impacting their overall health.
Recently, researchers at Queen’s University Belfast conducted a study that suggests a link between poor oral health and an increased risk of liver cancer, yet another study that suggests your oral health impacts your health beyond just your mouth.
A Greater Risk
The study, published in June in the United European Gastroenterology Journal, looked at the link between oral health and certain cancers, including liver, colon, rectum and pancreatic cancers. It suggests that poor oral health can contribute to a 75 percent increase in your risk for liver cancer.
Though researchers don’t yet understand why the link exists, they hypothesize that, if your liver is affected by diseases, it can become less effective at filtering bacteria from the body, and certain bacteria will live in the body for longer periods of time.
Another theory is that patients with poor oral health can’t eat certain, more healthy foods, therefore eating a diet with fewer nutrients. Having such an unhealthy diet then impacts the liver, causing cancer.
Taking Control of Your Dental Health
Though the verdict is still out on how exactly your oral health and liver health are linked, you can take charge of your oral health today and decrease your risk of other issues like high blood pressure and stroke.
At Top Down Dental in Los Gatos, Dr. Nancy Nehawandian’s philosophy is that your entire body is connected biologically. Like a machine, your body won’t function properly as a unit if one part isn’t working the way it should. That’s why rather than addressing just one part of your oral health, Dr. Nehawandian will address your entire health and attack the problem at its source.
Between your twice-annual check-ups, you can take care of your oral health at home by brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day, taking note of any abnormal bleeding or irritation in your gums.
Understand Your Overall Health
If you feel you’re ready to take charge of your oral and overall health, Dr. Nancy Nehawandian can give you a professional plan.