Dental Plaque and Cancer Risk

The following is from the Consumer Reports on Health Newsletter . . .

Lots of plaque on your teeth might raise the risk of dying early from cancer, according to a study published June 11, 2012, in the journal BMJ Open. Swedish researchers performed oral exams on a random sample of 1,390 healthy adults, then tracked them for 24 years. Those with high levels of dental plaque were 79 percent more likely than people with less plaque to die early from cancer, but the overall rate of cancer deaths during the study was low.

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