Much has been written about the correlation between poor oral health and many chronic diseases. In 2013, the Mayo Clinic issued a report stating that oral health can affect or contribute to various diseases and conditions including:

  • Endocarditis
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Premature Birth/Low Birth Weight
  • Diabetes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Eating Disorders

Cancer has now been added to the list. During their annual meeting this past April, the American Association for Cancer Research announced the findings of a comprehensive study by researchers at NYU’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center that showed a 59% increase in pancreatic cancer with patients with P. gingivalis bacteria. “Our study offers the first direct evidence that specific changes in the microbial mix in the mouth – the oral microbiome – represent a likely risk factor for pancreatic cancer along with older age, male gender, smoking, African-American race, and a family history of the disease,” says senior investigator and epidemiologist Jiyoung Ahn, PhD.

The dentists at ProHEALTH Dental believe that it is essential to inform patients that taking care of their mouths means a lot more than a nice smile. It is important that our patients understand that mouths are the gateway for disease and that good oral health is a crucial part of their overall health. Check out the ProHEALTH Dental website at www.ProHealthCareDental.com to learn more.

Meet the ProHEALTH Dental Team
Dr. Neil Karnofsky, together with his team of general dentists, specialists and pediatric dentists, provide comprehensive care for your entire family all under one roof at ProHEALTH Dental, PLLC. ProHEALTH Dental is a new state-of-the-art dental practice offering a full range of both adult and pediatric services and is located at One ProHEALTH Plaza (corner of New Hyde Park Road and Marcus Avenue) in Lake Success. Call with any questions or to make an appointment at (516) 467-8191 or visit our website at www.ProHealthCareDental.com.