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Doctors are studying the connection between larynx cancer and good oral hygiene
With a simple process, you can reduce your risk of developing laryngeal cancer by more than a fifth. Researchers found that brushing your teeth daily can actually protect you from throat cancer. The results of the examination carried out underline the importance of good oral hygiene.
In their current study, scientists at New York University found that brushing your teeth daily protects against the development of larynx cancer. The experts published the results of their study in the English-language journal "Cancer Research".
Bacteria in the mouth and throat can increase the risk of throat cancer by 21 percent
A higher concentration of certain bacteria that have already been associated with various gum diseases increases the likelihood of a disease caused by throat cancer by around 21 percent. It is still unclear whether the bacteria themselves or gum disease leads to tumors in the esophagus, the researchers explain.
Good oral hygiene protects against health complications
The scientists point out that their results show how important good oral hygiene is. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day and seeing a dentist regularly. This is the only way to maintain people's dental health, which can then protect them from other health complications.
Laryngeal cancer is unfortunately only recognized very late
According to the researchers, throat cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Unfortunately, this type of cancer is often only discovered at an advanced stage, which is why the five-year survival rates are between 15 and 25 percent. Thorough brushing of teeth every day reduces the risk of developing throat cancer by more than a fifth, the scientists say.
How do I get healthy oral hygiene?
There are many easy ways to maintain good oral hygiene. Be sure to brush your teeth before going to bed, and brush your teeth at least one more time a day. Use fluoride toothpaste for this. You should clean your teeth with dental floss or interdental brushes at least once a day. Also avoid foods and drinks that are as sugary as possible. In addition, be sure to visit regular dental checkups.
Researchers examined 122,000 subjects
For their study, the doctors analyzed the samples from a total of 122,000 people. Over the course of ten years, 106 participants developed esophageal cancer. The study found that certain bacteria associated with gum disease increased the risk of throat cancer by 21 percent. However, there are also strains of bacteria that reduce the likelihood that an individual will develop cancer of the esophagus.
We need to increase our knowledge of oral microbiota
The results of the study show that increasing knowledge of the role of oral microbiota may lead to strategies that help prevent oesophageal cancer, or at least contribute to detection in earlier stages, explains author Jiyoung Ahn. Esophageal cancer is a highly fatal cancer. There is an urgent need for new prevention and early detection options. The results of the study confirm the need for good oral health to protect against gum disease and other health complications.
Gum disease can lead to various forms of cancer
Previous research has linked gum disease caused by certain oral bacteria to various types of cancer, including those of the mouth, head, and neck. (as)