The bacteria attached itself to the parts of the immune system responsible for attacking cancer cells, preventing them from performing this function.
More research is needed but if this theory proves to be true it shows it is more important than ever to maintain good dental health and visit the dentist and hygienist regularly.
Bacteria causing gum disease have been linked to many serious medical conditions including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and alzheimers. The gumline provides a entry point for bacteria to get into the bloodstream and make their way around the body. New evidence of how important this is is coming to light more and more.
Removing all the bacteria laden plaque from the gumline with twice daily brushing will help to reduce the bacteria entering your bloodstream. It is also important to remove the plaque from between the teeth where toothbrush bristles don't reach. This can be done with floss or interdental brushes.