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Periodontitis May Cause colon Cancer

Often times a dental emergency is thought of as an event from the start of the pains and the bleeding. This of course is a very short sighted view. The problems really begin when a tooth or the gums or periodontitis become infected or inflamed from some sort of bacteria. The pain is actually just a side effect of a problem that existed before the onset of the current debilitating pain or swelling or recession. And just treating the symptoms is not the same as treating the problem. It is not enough, and the symptoms, or much worse symptoms, are sure to come. 

You see, the human body works as a whole. If one part of it is in bad shape or is struggling from an infection, all of the body will be affected, and problems may start to rise us in unexpected places. Two recent studies, published in Cell Host and Microbe, have confirmed this understanding of health in an incredibly alarming and morbid sort of way. 

The Link Between Colon Cancer And Periodontitis

Two studies, completely independent of each other, both carried out in the United States, have confirmed that the microbes living in your mouth cause colorectal cancer. There are genes in your system which, once activated, cause an extreme immune response, in which the cells that are affected by the genes in particular start to turn cancerous. The microbes living in your mouth stimulate such immune responses, and as such are one of the causes of colon cancer. IN particular, bacteria called fusobacteria are to be blamed for the formation of these deadly tumors.

Mechanisms

The fusobacteria can infiltrate cells with the help of an enzyme called FadA (Fusobacteria adhesin A). This enzyme is what covers the surface of the bacteria, and by using this enzyme to infiltrate cells in the colon, the enzyme triggers a response which turns the colorectal cells cancerous. 

The good news is, this way colon cancer can be prevented by checking what amount of the bacteria living in the colon or rectum are fusobacteria, and cleaning the colon or rectum out, thus making sure that tumorigenesis does not start.

What You Can Do

To prevent the formation of these cells in your colon, the work starts in the mouth. Regular, at home oral health care is the bare minimum that you can do, including flossing and the use of mouthwash and effective and sanitary brushing and flossing techniques, but it is not, in and of itself enough. You have to go to a dentist once every six months to make sure that your oral cavity is doing good and is healthy. This is indispensable, and needs to be done, otherwise, it will just be a matter of time before some sort of problem occurs.