Research may explain why gum disease is linked to heart problems

Heart disease and fatty clogs in the arteries go hand in hand. But new evidence suggests the fatty molecules might come not only from what you eat, but from the bacteria in your mouth, report UConn scientists in the 16 August issue of the Journal of Lipid Research. The research may explain why gum disease is associated with heart trouble.



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Bacteria in Mouth Tied to Esophageal Cancer

Bacteria in your mouth may either raise or lower your risk for esophageal cancer, according to a study conducted at NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center.

Researchers analyzed data from two national studies involving more than 120,000 patients. They found that the presence of a bacteria called Tannerella forsythia that’s commonly linked to gum disease, increased the risk of esophageal cancer by 21 percent.

The mouth’s overall bacterial make-up, which can be changed by smoking, heavy drinking, diet, gum disease, or gastric reflux, has long been thought to influence risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, say the researchers.

Cancer of the esophagus is one of the top 10 causes cancer deaths in the United States. It kills about 13,000 people each year, mostly men.

A 2016 study also conducted by the same team found that two types of bacteria that cause gum disease are also linked to pancreatic cancer.

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The 9th Annual SCAD Conference 2017 is fast approaching.

The 9th Annual SCAD Conference is around the corner!

This conference will discuss many color-related issues in dentistry from a variety of field leaders, including our very own Dr. Cherilyn Sheets.

Dr. Cherilyn Sheets will be presenting on Friday October 13th.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Time: 3:40-4:10 pm

Cherilyn Sheets: Evolving concepts for integrating esthetics and structural integrity in clinical practice

This presentation will highlight recent clinical research into the assessment of the structural strength of natural teeth blended with the clinical and technological realities that we encounter in oral rehabilitations. Thoughts for future assessment of material choices due to lack of quantity or quality of tooth structural integrity will be explored.

For more information about her lecture see link below.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates and information about the SCAD Conference 2017.

Dr. Jacinthe M. Paquette DDS: New President of American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry

At the close of the 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting & Interdisciplinary Summit in San Diego, CA, the Academy welcomes 11 new associate members to the roster as well as a New President.

Headquartered in Chicago, AAED is an elite dental organization formed in 1975. Comprised of distinguished individuals from virtually every facet of the dental profession, AAED has developed an outstanding reputation for quality and for maintaining the highest level of excellence. With just over 180 members worldwide, representing the United States and 11 other countries, AAED’s members are internationally known for their reputable work and for their contributions to the global dentistry marketplace. Membership in AAED is by invitation only.

Congratulations to our very own, Dr. Jacinthe M. Paquette DDS, who has been inducted as the New President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.



Periodontal Pathogen May Interfere With Conception

A common periodontal pathogen may delay conception in young women, according to a study carried out at the University of Helsinki and published in the Journal of Oral Microbiology. Previous studies have shown that periodontal diseases may be a risk for general health, but no data on the influence of periodontal bacteria on conception or becoming pregnant have been available.

The study population comprised 256 healthy nonpregnant women who had discontinued contraception in order to become pregnant. Clinical oral and gynecological examinations were performed. Detection of major periodontal pathogens in saliva and analysis of serum and saliva antibodies against major periodontal pathogens as well as a vaginal swab for the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis at baseline were carried out. Subjects were followed-up to establish whether they did or did not become pregnant during the observation period of 12 months.

Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacterium associated with periodontal diseases, was significantly more frequently detected in the saliva among women who did not become pregnant during the one-year follow-up period than among those who did. The levels of salivary and serum antibodies against this pathogen were also significantly higher in women who did not become pregnant.

Statistical analysis showed that the finding was independent of other risk factors contributing to conception, such as age, current smoking, socioeconomic status, bacterial vaginosis, previous deliveries or clinical periodontal disease.

Women who had P. gingivalis in the saliva and higher saliva or serum antibody concentrations against this bacterium had a threefold hazard for not becoming pregnant compared to their counterparts. Increased hazard was nearly fourfold if more than one of these qualities and clinical signs of periodontitis were present.

“Our study does not answer the question on possible reasons for infertility, but it shows that periodontal bacteria may have a systemic effect even in lower amounts and even before clear clinical signs of gum disease can be seen,” said periodontist and researcher Susanna Paju, DDS, PhD, of the University of Helsinki. “More studies are needed to explain the mechanisms behind this association.”

Learn more about this study at the Journal of Oral Microbiology (2017); doi. org/10.1080/20002297.2017.1330644.

Published by CDA Journal, Vol 45, N°9. September 2017.

Study: Gum Disease Associated With Increased Cancer Risk In Postmenopausal Women


HealthDay (8/1, Reinberg) reports that gum disease is associated with “an increased risk of several types of cancer in postmenopausal women, even in women who never smoked,” according to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The article reports that the investigators found gum disease was “tied to a 14 percent higher risk of developing any type of cancer,” although “the greatest risk was for esophageal cancer, which was more than three times more likely in older women who had gum disease than those who didn’t.” The findings showed gum disease was also associated with a higher risk of developing breast cancer, gallbladder cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma.

SheetsPacquetteWuOffice-0834-2868158592-O.jpgThe New York Daily News (8/1, Dziemianowicz) reports that for the study, University of Buffalo researchers used “data on 65,000 postmenopausal subjects between the ages of 54 and 86 enrolled in the ongoing Women’s Health Initiative.” Lead author and epidemiology professor Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, said, “Our study was sufficiently large and detailed enough to examine not just overall risk of cancer among older women with periodontal disease, but also to provide useful information on a number of cancer-specific sites.”
Reuters (8/1, Rapaport) reports that the study had several limitations, including that it was not “a controlled experiment designed to prove how or if poor oral health causes cancer,” and it also “relied on women to accurately recall and report their periodontal disease.” provides additional information on gum disease.

Re-posted by ADA Morning Huddle: Dentistry in the News; August 2017.