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November is National Lung Cancer Awareness month, and in response to this, a New Jersey Dentist is taking this time to highlight the importance of maintaining good oral health to combat this and other diseases. Research conducted at Imperial College in London and Harvard University found that people with gum disease are 33 percent more likely to develop lung cancer than those who do not have the condition.
A study recently conducted at the ITS Center for Dental Studies and Research in India, found that patients with respiratory disease had worse oral health than others, suggesting a further connections between lung problems and dental health. The scientists believe that this connection is due to pathogens associated with periodontal disease increasing a person's risk of developing a respiratory infection.
Luckily, according to Robert Korwin D.M.D., a person can reduce the amount of bacteria in their mouth by exercising proper oral health habits.
"Flossing, brushing and proper mouth rinses [may] reduce bacterial concentrations in the mouth, and control the numbers of bacteria entering the lungs," said Korwin.
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