Gum Disease And Kaposis Sarcoma

Kaposi's SarcomaMore evidence that gum disease can cause other health related issues is now evidence in studies from Case Western Reserve University. It’s been found that fatty acids from bacteria that are present in gum disease may cause Kaposis Sarcoma (an oral cancer) related lesions and tumors in the mouth.

If these lesions or tumors are found, they can be tested and hopefully treated for cancer before it would become malignant. Early detection is the key to surviving Kaposis Sarcoma. It seems that people with HIV are even more susceptible to this type of cancer that can be tied to gum disease.  The fact of the matter remains, excellent oral hygiene is so important not only for the mouth, but for overall health.  Read more about the study in the article on Dentistry Today here: Bacteria Causing Gum Disease May Lead To Oral Cancer Growth.

New Issues With Periodontal Disease

periodontal diseaseIf periodontal disease is not treated properly, it may cause some newly discovered problems. Some by-products of the bacteria in gum disease may cause replication of the virus in patients with HIV to replicate. This is according to research from Case Western Reserve University.

We’ve been told that people with HIV are more at risk with periodontal disease. HIV patients with periodontal disease have higher levels of the HIV virus than those HIV patients with healthy gums.

Read more about this interesting study found on Dentistry Today here: Periodontal Disease Could Lead To New Issues.