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Periodontists Discuss NYU Study's Link Between Harmful Oral Bacteria and Pancreatic Cancer

Renowned periodontists Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky of the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy have dedicated their careers to fighting the dangerous repercussions of gum disease, particularly as medical studies continue to uncover the relationship between oral bacteria and various cancers. According to a NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine study published on Science Daily April 19, 2016 researchers have found further evidence that certain oral bacterium can increase an individual's risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

“We strive to stay as up-to-date as possible on the latest research regarding oral systemic diseases like pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and others. The more we learn, the better we can inform our patients and provide the comprehensive treatment they need to prevent gum disease in the first place,” said Dr. Aalam, board-certified periodontist and founder of the acclaimed CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy in Brentwood, CA.

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Pancreatic cancer is among the most deadly forms of cancer because it can spread quickly without causing noticeable symptoms until the most advanced stages. The disease typically has a poor prognosis whether or not it is diagnosed early. According to the NYU study, it has been well documented that patients with pancreatic cancer were also more likely to develop gum disease and other oral health issues; however, the exact link was not known. The researchers were able to identify the exact oral bacteria, including Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans that represent a likely risk factor for cancer of the pancreas. These harmful bacteria are directly linked to inflammation of the gums, gum disease, and periodontitis.

“The study give us an even clearer picture of the role that oral hygiene has for our overall health,” added Dr. Krivitsky. “Most people understand that plaque and bacteria can be harmful to our teeth and gums, but they don't realize that this bacteria is not restricted to our mouths. It can enter the bloodstream and increase the chances of getting a harmful illness. We advise our patients with the earliest signs of tooth decay or gum disease to undergo periodontal scaling and root planing to treat the bacteria before it can become severe and can significant damage.”

Periodontal scaling is a process in which calcium and plaque build up along the crown of the tooth is removed to eliminate oral bacteria before it has a chance to worsen. Additionally, root planing is a treatment that targets the bacteria and plaque build up below the gum level where brushing and flossing cannot reach. Combining these cleansing treatments helps reduce existing oral bacteria and make it difficult for bacteria to cling to hard-to-reach places.

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“Scaling and planing can have a dramatic impact on overall gum and dental health. When followed up with consistent, thorough oral hygiene, gum pockets can heal and inflammation, which helps spread oral bacteria to other parts of the body, can lessen. So, careful brushing and flossing twice a day does more than just keep your teeth and gums healthy, it can reduce the risk of other health issues, like pancreatic cancer," said Dr. Aalam.

Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky are board-certified Brentwood periodontists specializing in dental implants and gum and tissue diseases. They opened the CENTER, a periodontal office focused on providing patients with excellent and skilled care at affordable prices, with the goal of restoring oral health and aesthetic appearance. They are alumni of the prestigious Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC and are still heavily involved in academia and giving back to future periodontists at USC. They are also the only two board-certified periodontists in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.

To schedule an appointment at the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy, call 310-826-8242 today or click here:

CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy
11620 Wilshire Blvd, Suite
718 Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 299-8329


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