We are committed to continuously improving access to our goods and services by individuals with disabilities. This website is currently being updated to enhance the usability and experience for persons with disabilities. If you are unable to use any aspect of this website because of a disability, please call 5088322171 and we will provide you with prompt personalized assistance.

492 Washington Street, #3 | Auburn, MA 01501 | 508.832.2171

Gum Disease, Bacteria, & Oral Cancer

Posted on: May 9th, 2017 | Categories: Health Tips, Research Studies

Auburn Dental Group Blog Header Oral Cancer and Bacteria

As we get older, we need to pay more and more attention to our oral hygiene. Keeping up with your oral hygiene puts you less risk for common issues such as cavities and plaque. More important than this however, you limit your risk for gum disease and oral cancer.

A study from Case Western Reserve University states that the “fatty acids from bacteria present in gum disease may cause Kaposi’s Sarcoma (KS)-related lesions and tumors in the mouth.” The study suggests the “byproducts of fatty acids” caused these oral tumors. As with many forms of cancer, the research is proposing pre-screenings of people with periodontal disease to catch tumors before they worsen. People with periodontal disease are known to have increased levels of the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum present in their mouth’s saliva, both of which are known to exacerbate KS-related lesions.

Dangers of Fatty Acids

After the testing was complete, this research study concluded “the fatty acids impacted the replication of KS.” With fatty acids present, the body could not prevent the growth of the cancer. This news is especially concerning for patients with HIV, whose immune system has difficulty battling the generation of KS-related lesions.

To ensure that you are not at high-risk for oral cancer as you age, make sure to not let your regular oral hygiene fall by the wayside. It’s also important to regularly schedule appointments at your local Auburn, MA dentist’s office. If you already have periodontal disease, make sure you follow the treatment plans outlined by your dentist.

All Services in One Location

Terms and Conditions

Here at Auburn Dental Group, we work diligently to protect our patient's rights and privacy. Requesting an appointment via our Internet portal is considered part of what HIPAA has identified as electronically protected information (ePHI). Unfortunately, despite the best efforts we make or take, there are people or entities that may attempt to intercept the data you transmit to us. By checking the box, and electronically making an appointment, you understand that you are making an appointment over the internet and that Auburn Dental Group will keep this information confidential but cannot guarantee that others, outside of our practice, may not illegally intercept this communication. As a result of continuing, you are sending this transmission and accepting the inherent risk(s) associated with making this request for an appointment. As an alternative, you are always welcome to contact our office via telephone to schedule your appointment.


The information presented here is not intended or implied to be medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It should be used for informational purposes only.