Tooth Decay and Periodontal Disease Can Cause Cancer
This is kind of a complicated theory, but it maintains that there are bacteria produced by tooth decay and/or periodontal disease which occur abundantly in intestinal tumors (but otherwise do not occur much in the gut). The idea that germs and cancers are linked is nothing new. This theory came from England, and across the pond, American scientists have found a link between periodontal or gum disease and pancreatic cancer. In this case, C-reactive proteins or markers of inflammation from gum disease have been linked to pancreatic cancer.
Here is what we know:
· People with periodontal disease are much more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than people without periodontal disease.
· A bacterium that occurs in tooth decay is present in unusually high numbers in colon tumors.
· The idea that pathogens cause cancer is well accepted.