Several cancers are linked to periodontal disease. Specific oral bacterial pathogens, Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn), Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa), and Porphyrmonas gingivalis (Pg), significantly increase risks for developing specific cancers. Scientific research shows how Fn can travel to the colon to stimulate and promote colorectal cancer. And, the presence of Aa and Pg increase your risk for developing pancreatic cancer.
In addition to these specific bacterial infections, gum disease and gingivitis increase risk factors for lung, kidney, pancreatic, and white blood cell cancers.
Dr. Estep and her Intown Smile Studio team offer genetic testing (a simple saliva test) to check for various pathogens.