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Rectal Cancer Worsened by Oral Microbes

Rectal Cancer Worsened by Oral Microbes, Research Indicates.

Could poor oral hygiene increase your risk for colorectal cancer? A new study suggests poor oral hygiene is connected to the health and well-being of yet another portion of the body. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States, and the second most deadly, especially if regular screening for precancerous polyps is not regularly conducted.

Studies by the Garret Lab at Harvard have shown fusobacteria when present in the colon in high concentrations increase the risk of an individual for colon cancer. Fusobacteria are primarily oral pathogens which have been found to cause periodontal disease and ulcers. Furthermore, cancerous tissue in the colon has been found to be enriched with fusobacterium compared to surrounding, healthy tissue. This suggests that the bacteria are localizing somehow to the cancerous region in the colon from the mouth. But how?

One study from researchers at Hebrew University School of Dental Medicine attempted to discern this. Since it is well-established that oral bacteria can reach the bloodstream through bleeding gingiva or root tips, the researchers decided to inject a fusobacterial culture into the bloodstream and chemically track their movement. The bacteria were injected through a tail vein into two types of mouse; one group with precancerous colon growths, and the other with malignant colon cancer. After a brief waiting period, the colons of both groups were dissected and analyzed using fluoroscopy. The researchers found that the fusobacteria adhered in large quantities to both groups of tumors, and were not present in any heightened quantity in the control group. Furthermore, for the precancerous and cancerous group, the livers of both were found to have high concentrations of fusobacteria compared to the control. Colon cancer frequently metastasizes to the liver, and it is interesting that this seems to be pre-empted by the bacteria, suggesting a possible bacterial precursor or correlation to the metastatic process. This could prove highly useful in trying to predict or prevent the progression of colon cancer.

So what draws the bacteria to the tumor? Well, from studying a combination of human samples and mouse-model experiments, it appears a protein on the surface coat of the fusobacteria have a protein called Fap2 that binds to the sugar Gal-Gal-Nac, found in high concentrations on colorectal tumor cells. The protein Fap2 appears to mediate the colonization of tumor cells by the bacteria, and may represent a potential target for therapy. In any event, maintaining good oral hygiene and promptly seeing a dentist to address any infections in the mouth is reinforced by these findings.

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Educate Yourself On Oral Cancer


According to the National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), over half of those in the U.S. survive from oral cancer after five years. If this condition is caught early enough, the chances of successful treatment are high.

Dentists look for early signs of mouth cancer during regular checkup appointments, but it’s also important for you to recognize these warning signals so you can bring them to the attention of your dentist right away.

Signs and Symptoms

Mouth cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth, including the lips, tongue and throat, as well as the salivary glands, pharynx, larynx and sinuses. And because early detection is crucial in overcoming this disease, you’ll want to visit your doctor immediately if any of the following symptoms persist for more than two weeks:

What are the symptoms of Oral Cancer?
  • Sores, swellings, lumps or thick patches anywhere in or around your mouth or throat
  • Areas of red or white lesions in your mouth or lips
  • The feeling of a lump or object stuck in your throat
  • Swellings that make wearing dentures uncomfortable
  • Numbness, pain or tenderness anywhere in your mouth, including your tongue
  • Pain in one of your ears but without any loss of hearing
  • Trouble moving your jaw or tongue, or problems with chewing, swallowing or speaking
  • Loose teeth with no apparent dental cause
  • Lingering sore throat or hoarseness
What do I need to do now? 
When in doubt, seek prevention! You should already practice daily oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and gum disease: brushing regularly with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and limiting sweets. But by regulating certain lifestyle choices – smoking, alcohol use and sun exposure, for example – you can significantly lower your risk of developing oral cancer.
Ultimately, if you know what to look for and see us for regular screenings, early signs of mouth cancer can be identified and taken care of before they become a serious problem.
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Get Checked! April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month, a time when the dental community rallies together to fight against a serious disease. While some may think oral cancer is rare, it will cause over 8,000 deaths each year, or about one person per hour every hour of the day. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation more than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal (throat) cancer this year alone. Public awareness about this serious disease and its risk factors is crucial to saving lives. Dentists are in a unique position to perform head and neck exams and oral screenings every day that can help us identify abnormalities in the mouth at the earliest stage.

The fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals. That’s why it is more important than ever for all adults to have regular oral cancer screenings. Knowing the risks can also help you make educated decisions about your health. There are several risk factors for oral cancer, including:

• Smoking and tobacco use are long-term historic causes of oral cancer.
• Heavy alcohol use makes you more likely to develop oral cancer.
• The HPV virus, a sexually-transmitted disease, is the leading cause of oropharyngeal (the back part of the mouth) cancer.

Make sure to talk to your dentist immediately if you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one. The symptoms of oral cancer include:

• Sores in the mouth that bleed easily or do not heal
• A thick or hard spot or lump
• A roughened or crusted area
• Numbness, pain or tenderness
• A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down

A thorough oral cancer screening takes less than five minutes. When found early, oral cancers have an 80 to 90 percent survival rate. Unfortunately, most oral cancers — particularly types caused by HPV — are discovered at later stages of development resulting in an unnecessarily high death rate.

Dentists can be a first line of defense in identifying abnormalities in the mouth, which could be signs of oral cancer. Many people do not realize that oral cancer screenings are a routine part of a more extensive exam performed during routine visits to the dentist.

Regular dental exams / checkups in our office now include this oral cancer screening. We use OralID for Oral screening.

In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, oral cancer exams are reduced to $20 in April and proceeds will be donated to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

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Dental Emergency During the Holidays? Here’s What To Do…..

Dental Emergency During The Holidays. What to do?


The holidays are such a fun time of year filled with fun, family and of course, lots of eating. Unfortunately, these are also the times that a lot of dental emergencies seem to happen. People are off work, maybe playing in a family football game, or maybe just one too many drinks in and something unexpected happens. Regardless of how they happen, you need a home remedy to tie you over until your get to your dentist. So what to do when a dental emergency happens to you over the holidays? Here are some good places to start depending on what the emergency is.

Broken or Chipped Teeth

You should first retrieve and save any pieces of the tooth. Then rinse your mouth using warm water; as well as rinse any broken pieces of the tooth. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply something cold  to the outside of your mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve some of the pain. See your dentist as soon as possible.

Knocked Out Tooth

You will first want to retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the visible area of the tooth), and rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty. Now don’t not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place and be sure it’s facing the right way. Never force it into the socket. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth into the socket, then put the tooth in a small container of milk, or a cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt (if milk is not available), or a product containing a cell growth medium such as Save-a-Tooth. Regardless, you will want to see your dentist as quickly as possible. Knocked out teeth have the highest chances of being saved when seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.

Severe Toothaches

First off, you will want to rinse your mouth out with warm water as well as floss to remove and food particles. If it really hurts you may want to apply a something cold to the outside of your cheek where it’s hurting. However, never directly apply an aspirin directly to your teeth or gums as it may burn away your gum tissue. You should see your dentist as soon as possible.

Broken Braces Wires

If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band and is poking your cheek, tongue, or gum, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If you can’t reposition the wire, cover the end with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze until you can get to your orthodontist’s office. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or breathing it into your lungs.

Lost Filling

As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement. You should see your dentist as soon as possible.

Lost Crown

If a crown falls off, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. If you can’t get to the dentist right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local drug store or in the spice aisle of your grocery store). If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Whatever you do, don’t use super glue!


Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated!

Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess, see your dentist as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that usually is painful. In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.


If you have a dental emergency, call us at 770-623-8750 and we will go the extra mile to make sure you are taken care of!