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Oral Bacteria and Colorectal Cancer

October 15, 2013

In our last post, we talked about the link between a magnesium deficiency and a vulnerability to type 2 diabetes. Today, we’d like to talk about another recent discovery, this time between oral bacteria and colorectal cancer.

We’ve talked before on this site about the different ways oral health affects overall health, and this is just one more. The connection was discovered by Yiping Han, Ph.D. of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and a group of collaborators. Working together, they discovered how a type of microbe, known as fusobacteria, can encourage the growth of colorectal tumors by switching on cancer growth genes and stimulating the body’s inflammatory response.

News like this should encourage patients to make regular brushing and flossing, plus regular oral exams and cleanings, more of a priority. Dr. Goldstein of Randolph Dental Care wants to see every patient of his twice a year. That often will help us monitor and remove bad bacteria from your mouth. Bacteria haven’t just been linked to colorectal cancer—they’re also the cause of tooth decay and gum disease.

Do you need to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Goldstein and his Randolph dental team? Call us today to schedule something. We’re happy to serve patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and beyond.

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