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Hope for esophageal cancer

A long-term follow study that was conducted over a decade has found that the same oral bacteria associated with gum disease are also present in people who develop esophageal cancer.

Key takeaways:

– Esophageal cancer is often not diagnosed until is is very advanced – survival rates are low, ranging from 15-25%

– The link between gum disease bacteria and cancer will be useful in developing tools for earlier diagnosis, which will hopefully improve survival rates

– Keep your teeth healthy and speak to your dentist if you’re concerned

“Certain bacteria types were associated with higher risk of esophageal cancer.”

Read the full story here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171201090955.htm

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.

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