PERIODONTAL DISEASE BACTERIA CAN LEAD TO KAPOSI’S SARCOMA
Case Western Reserve University conducted research on Kaposi’s Sarcoma and its relationship with periodontal disease. Although Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) is more common among HIV patients, other groups can be afflicted by the disease, and, according to this research, certain fatty acids expressed by periodontal disease bacteria can promote the onset of the disease.
The principle bacteria involved in causing periodontal disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum, were found to produce five short-chain fatty acids.. In tests on living cells, the researchers at Case Western, the fatty acids prevented the cells from being able to stop the growth of KS.
One of the outcomes of this research is that early testing of saliva could result in treating for KSs before it became malignant.
An article on this research in dentistrytoday.com can be read by clicking here.
At Clark Family Dental, we monitor the signs of periodontal disease on all adult patients and treat the disease whenever patients allow. We may have been unknowingly reducing the incidence of KS in our patients. We care about your health.
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