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Time to Brush Up?

Here’s something you may want to add to your cancer-prevention toolbox: a new-and-improved dental health regimen.

As reported by UK-based Natural Health News, two recent large scale studies found strong links between poor dental health and increased cancer risk.

According to Natural Health News, data from comprehensive dental exams performed on 7,466 people from four states—Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi and North Carolina—revealed that people with severe gum disease, or periodontitis, had a 24-percent increased risk of developing cancer compared to those with healthy gums. The data was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

A study conducted in Finland, and published in the International Journal of Cancer, found that poor dental health correlated with a 33-percent increased risk of dying from cancer and a significantly higher risk of dying from pancreatic cancer.

As Natural Health News points out, there’s already plenty of evidence linking gum disease with heart disease and stroke.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest science on dental health, now may be a good time to brush up.

Read ‘More evidence connects gum disease with cancer’

Read the Journal of the National Cancer Institute study

Read the International Journal of Cancer study

Related: ‘Use a Mercury-Free Dentist’

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