Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/13/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

People with bad dental hygiene less likely to develop oral cancers , study says

It's the type of study that will encourage some people to stop brushing their teeth altogether. Maybe. According to a new study, adults who have a lot of cavities in their teeth are less likely to get mouth or throat cancer.

Don't throw away that toothbrush just yet --

Don't throw away that toothbrush just yet --

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/13/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Cavities, tooth decay, mouth and throat cancers, study


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers think that this is due to the lactic acid produced by bacteria in cavities, which  can prevent cancer cells from developing. People with a lot of cavities are thought to be about 32 percent - one in three, are less likely to develop mouth or throat cancer than those with no cavities.

"This was an unexpected finding since dental cavities have been considered a sign of poor oral health along with [gum] disease, and we had previously observed an increased risk of head and neck cancers among subjects with [gum] disease," lead researcher Dr Mine Tezal, at the University of Buffalo, New York says.

A medical team studied 399 people with head and neck cancer, comparing these people to 221 people who did not have cancer. The study found that the participants who had the most dental cavities were the least likely to also have cancer.

Tezal explains that tooth decay and cavities result from lactic acid, produced by bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria are similar to those used in yogurt. They are also associated with a reduced chance of inflammatory diseases, allergies and some other types of cancer.

Tezal believes that the next step for the team is to discover whether it is possible to find a way of harnessing the beneficial effects of the acid - without leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

"We see a mechanism that may protect against mouth cancer, and may be a potential strategy either as part of prevention or treatment of oral cavity cancer," Dr. Dennis Kraus at Lenox Hill Hospital, in New York City says. "This is a fascinating first step," he added.

Other experts, such as Dr. Joel Epstein at the American Board of Oral Medicine, say that this study was flawed as it only involved a small group of people and it only looked at existing cavities. So don't throw away that toothbrush just yet ...

Click here to learn about our 'Saint Michael the Archangel' conference this Nov 1-3!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Health

Deadly amoeba kills 14-year-old Olympic hopeful Watch

Image of Michael Riley Jr., three-time Junior Olympic qualifier posing with his medals.

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Three-time Junior Olympics qualifier Michael Riley passed away last Sunday after a short battle with a rare brain infection. His family says they will pursue a campaign for a better understanding of the disease to honor the short, but well-lived, life of the teen. ... continue reading


Federal guidelines for school lunches: Does it really make a difference? Watch

Image of More food was wasted after federal guidelines requiring healthier options was enacted.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Even if school trays are loaded up with fruits and vegetables during lunchtime, kids are not actually eating them. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Healthier lunches have been required in schools in accordance to federal guidelines, but children remain ... continue reading


Orthorexia: The third major eating disorder Watch

Image of Over-restricting yourself can lead to malnutrition.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Obsessions with healthy eating could yield dangerous results, due to the lack of essential minerals and vitamins. An eating disorder called orthorexia may be silently leading avid nutrition fans toward malnutrition and even death. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic ... continue reading


Bloodstream swimming 'fish' delivers drugs and detects toxins in human body Watch

Image of Microfish glow red in the presence of toxins.

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Microfish, 3D-printed microbots have been developed at the University of California San Diego. The "smart" microbots were created to swim through bloodstreams to deliver drugs to specified places in the body. They can also sense and remove toxins. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Does self-control end up hurting you? New research pinpoints its negative affects Watch

Image of The brain activates different sections depending on stimulus.

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a test involving 120 images of faces, a new study claims self-discipline is negatively affecting our ability to recall information. Researchers hope the new findings will help develop treatments for certain conditions like ADHD and addiction. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES ... continue reading


LIVING SICK: Global life expectancy increases faster than healthy life expectancy Watch

Image of Misao Okawa, the oldest woman in the world at 117-years-old.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study shows that men and women across the world are living an average of six years longer than they did 25 years ago. Even in some of the world's least developed countries, life expectancy is rising. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Healthy life ... continue reading


Are people who worry more creative? New study links neuroticism, daydreaming and creativity Watch

Image of [Photo by: Shutterstock]

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Neurotic people tend to be more anxious and sensitive toward matters that don't usually concern people. Psychologist and self-proclaimed neurotic, Adam Perkins believes there is a link between neuroticism, creativity and daydreaming. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic ... continue reading


87-year-old woman to have unusual 'unicorn horn' removed from head Watch

Image of Liang Xiuzhen, 87, and her

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

What began as an itchy mole on the head of an 87-year-old villager in China has sprouted into a horn. The "horn" grew 13-cm long, earning her the nickname "unicorn woman" from local residents. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Liang Xiuzhen, an 87-year-old ... continue reading


12,000 children may be exposed to HIV and Hepatitis from unsterile surgical equipment at hospital Watch

Image of The Seattle Children's Hospital is under controversy once again.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Seattle's Bellevue clinic Children's Hospital contacts the parents of 12,000 children who might have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to un-sterile surgical equipment. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Parents of roughly 12,000 children who were ... continue reading


High vaccination rates help protect communities Watch

Image of Pockets of unvaccinated people pose health risks to the immune-compromised population.

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Following the Disneyland Measles outbreak, more and more U.S. parents are vaccinating their children. Despite the increased number of "vaccinators," "anti-vaccers" pose a public health risk. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Colossians 1:1-8
1 From Paul, by the will of God an apostle of Christ ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:38-44
38 Leaving the synagogue he went to Simon's house. ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 2nd, 2015 Image

St. Ingrid of Sweden
September 2: Born in Skšnninge, Sweden, in the 13th century, St. Ingrid lived ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter