That's scary, but good too, to know that research is being done. I expect one of the extra benefits of taking good care of your teeth is in having the dentist look regularly into your mouth to notice any changes. He/she would be a good professional to pick up on these and refer any problems he has spotted to a specialist.
Gum disease is definately a precursor to cancer. I've also heard it can lead to heart disease and bacterial infections as well.
My husband recently had some dental work done in which titanium posts were inserted into his jaw to hold new crowns. One of the posts took, but the other post didn't due to gingivitis in his mouth. He's had two flare-ups with bacterial infection in his mouth, been on antibiotics twice, and the post is probably going to have to taken removed and redone. He's been miserable and it isn't over with yet!
The study also appeared to show a link between not only cancer and gum disease but also between gum disease and heart disease and other health problems as well. The study showed a relationship between head and neck cancers with the gum disease.
Taking good care of your teeth may help cut your risk of developing head or neck cancer, suggests a new study that links a gum disease to such tumors. Having chronic periodontitis, a gum disease involving the progressive loss of the bone and soft tissue attached to the teeth, appeared to increase one's odds of developing head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, especially in the mouth and throat.
Specialists say that every millimeter of bone loss caused by this disease increases cancer risk by four times. Studies' results may explain why the number of cases of head and neck tumors continues to grow, although the number of people who quit smoking increases. Also the researches provides new evidence that chronic infections and inflammations influence the risk of diseases such as cancer or heart diseases.
Results showed that every millimeter of bone loss caused by chronic periodontal is associated with a four times greater risk of developing a tumor in the neck or head. The link between gum diseases and cancer proved to be stronger in the case of tumors located in the mouth.
It appears that gum diseases not only favor cancer. Specialists have associated them with other diseases, too.