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How can my dental hygiene affect my risk of pancreatic cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Some studies are connecting pancreatic cancer with certain types of oral bacteria. Having dental diseases like periodontitis has been linked with systemic diseases, including pancreatic cancer. The connection isn’t clear, but experts believe that it relates to chronic inflammation. The best way to help prevent this would be to brush and floss vigilantly twice a day and get your teeth professionally cleaned at your dentist’s office every six months.
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