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Link found between poor dental hygiene and fatal disease: New study

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Poor oral hygiene has previously been associated with dangerous diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. However, it has now been found that inadequate teeth cleaning leads to serious illness, according to the scientific journal Nature.

Research focus

In a new study published in the journal Nature, researchers have identified a specific microbe commonly found in the oral cavity in approximately 50% of cases of colorectal cancer.

Scientists from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the USA have discovered how microbes found in the oral cavity can migrate to the lower intestine, withstand stomach acid, and then grow in colorectal tumors.

As part of the study, they examined 200 cases of colorectal cancer and found that about half of the cases contained this microbe. They also detected the microbe in many stool samples from cancer patients.

Opinion of a dentist

Dr. Ferakh Hamid from Aesthetique Dental Care shared his top tips for maintaining oral cavity health, as research has shown a connection between the oral cavity and colorectal cancer.

According to the study, microbes promote the progression of cancer and can lead to worse outcomes. Dr. Hamid explained what this means.

"New studies have shown a surprising connection between how we care for our teeth and the risk of colon cancer. It seems that a certain kind of bacteria, which is normally found in our mouth, can end up in our colon if we don't brush our teeth properly. This can increase the risk of colon cancer," the dentist explained.

It turns out that what happens in our mouths can also affect other parts of the body. Neglecting our teeth can lead to unexpected problems, such as diseases in other organs.

This bacterium, known as Fusobacterium nucleatum, can worsen the condition of people who already have colorectal cancer.

Therefore, the doctor emphasized the importance of maintaining teeth and oral cavity clean and healthy.

"This shows us just how crucial it is to clean our mouth through regular brushing and dentist visits," he concluded.

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