Cancer and unhealthy gums in older women

“This startling study is yet more evidence that gum disease is directly linked to other serious health issues”

A new study by the Oral Health Foundation published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention has found that older women with unhealthy gums are more likely to develop cancer.

The study that comprised of 65,000 post-menopausal women, found that a history of unhealthy gums increases the chances of developing cancer by 14%.

This startling figure is yet more evidence that gum disease is directly linked to other serious health issues. The aesthetic and practical reasons for good oral healthcare have always been apparent, but the links between gum disease and a wide range of other severe conditions are becoming more and more clear.

The study revealed that amongst those who developed cancer, breast cancer was the most common, however lung, oesophageal, skin and gall bladder cancer were also shown to be more prominent in those with a history of gum disease.

Karen Coates, Oral Health Educator and Advisor for the Oral Health Foundation, explained, “Falling oestrogen levels throughout menopause can cause numerous health issues… changes in oral health also are common as teeth and gums become more susceptible to disease, resulting in heightened risk of inflammation, bleeding, pain, and ultimately, loose or missing teeth.

A consistent, efficient dental routine is essential to maintaining good oral healthcare. helping to reduce the chance of gum disease developing. Regular check-ups with your dentist help

to reduce the chance of gum disease developing and will ensure that you are equipped to quickly treat any issues should they arise. If you have concerns that you gums are deteriorating, come and see us “The experts” we can help you.