Vacant Socket, Periodontitis, Cancer: How They Connect

Female NursePeople sometimes forget the importance of maintaining good oral health. Most probably, they tend to ignore the long-term benefits of small actions, including brushing twice a day and visiting the dentist twice a year. Both require little effort and everything in between, such as eating moderate amounts of sweets, soda and alcohol, are not the most challenging things to do.

Yet, many individuals are suspect of neglecting instructions and doing things destructive to the teeth. There is a consensus on the drinking limit of four units, a rule that 75% of men and 80% of women violate each day in small communities in London, such as in Fulham and Richmond. As a result, dental implants and regular teeth constantly undergo alcohol bombardment. It erodes the teeth; first the enamel, then after the acid is finished stripping the protective coat, it will start to wear on the actual tooth.


Dry sockets, or sockets without teeth, are potential breeding grounds for oral bacteria. Food debris can be stuck in there and invite the bad germs. Coupled with bad oral hygiene, then it will not be long before a gum disease arise. In actuality, one of its consequences is a bigger worry.

Cancer-Aiding Bacteria

Fusobacterium nucleatum – this is the bacteria that prevent the body from fighting off cancer. What it does is it attaches itself to the components of the immune system responsible for preventing cancer cells from spreading. Heads of major dental organisations in England, including the chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), urge everyone to take note of this development.

Prevention, Rather than Cure

Gum disease is one of the most communicable illnesses in the world. Through saliva exchange and sharing items, the bacteria responsible will transport to a new host. People need to act fast, before the bacteria spreads.

Every discussion about oral illness will always go back to basic practices: brushing and visiting the dentist. These two things will go a long way to preserving good oral health. Furthermore, dentists can spot problems before they start to mount up.

Beyond that, a person is ultimately responsible as to how healthy their teeth will be. Dentists cannot control how they are outside, but the hope is they take good care of their dentitions until old age.