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New Orleans Dental Center Newsletter
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Gum Disease Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to look at the causes of this disease that takes more than 30,000 American lives a year. Many of these causes-smoking, insulin imbalances and type 2 diabetes-are related to diet and lifestyle choices. And now you can add another: periodontal disease. In a study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, participants with gum disease were 2.6 times more likely to have pancreatic cancer, perhaps caused by the oral bacteria that gets into the bloodstream and triggers inflammation in the pancreas.

Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. The word periodontal literally means "around the tooth." Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth.

Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) cause the gums to become inflamed.

You may be at risk of gum disease if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

    Do your gums ever bleed?
    Are your teeth loose?
    Have your gums receded, or do your teeth look longer?
    Do you smoke or use tobacco products?
    Have you had any adult teeth extracted?
    Has it been more than 2 years since seeing a dentist?
    Have any of your family members had gum disease?

In the mildest form of the disease, gingivitis, the gums redden, swell and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care.

Request an appointment or call our office to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.

Sincerely,
Dwight D. Landry, D.D.S.
Wendy M. Maes, D.D.S.

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New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Harahan, River Ridge, Chalmette, Arabi, Meraux and all the communities of Orleans, Jefferson and Saint Bernard Parishes.
Westbank:
Algiers, Avondale, Barataria, Belle Chasse, Boothville, Braithwaite, Bridge City, Buras, Crown Point, Devant, Empire, Gretna, Harvey, Jean Lafitte, Jesuit Bend, Lafitte, Marrero, Nairn, Pilottown, Point A La Hache, Port Sulphur, Terrytown, Waggaman, West Pointe A La Hache, Westwego and all the communities of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.
River Parishes: Boutte, Des Allemands, Destrahan, Good Hope, Hahnvlle, Luling, New Sarpy, Paradis, St. Rose and all the communities of St. Charles, St. John and Ascension Parishes.

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