When I see a patient that has an acute periodontal infection I routinely test to determine the periodontal pathogens present in their mouth. This is a very simple ‘rinse and spit’ test, that we send to OralDNA labs. One of the pathogens we test for, Fusobacterium nucleatum, has been linked to colon cancer.*
Many of us are reaching that age when our physicians are recommending a colonoscopy to check for colon cancer. Others have a family history of the disease. Why not take steps to reduce this possible risk factor? Call us if you’re interested in an examination and test.
Keep flossing, DrB
*according to researchers at Case Western University School of Dental Medicine, via WebMD HealthDay reporter Robert Preidt