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Dental News: Bacteria that Cause Stomach Cancer found in Mouth

November 24th, 2008 · No Comments

dental researchWhile gum disease, poor oral hygiene, food particles hiding between teeth, and tongue debris contribute to halitosis, people with the bacteria H. pylori in their mouths often suffer from bad breath, as well. A recent study by Japanese researcher Dr. Nao Suzuki found that these people also have a higher incidence of gum disease, increased PPD, methyl mercaptan (a gas responsible for halitosis), loose teeth, and other health issues. The bacteria H. pylori is responsible for stomach ulcers and cancer, but a person with the bacteria in the mouth may show no signs of stomach problems. Dr. Suzuki hopes to research the link between H. pylori in the mouth and the stomach next.

Dr. Suzuki’s research was published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, December 2008.


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