TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 -- A new study links gum disease with an increased risk of several types of cancer in postmenopausal women, even in women who never smoked.
So-called periodontal disease was tied to a 14 percent higher risk of developing any type of cancer, the investigators found. But the greatest risk was for esophageal cancer, which was more than three times more likely in older women who had gum disease than those who didn't.
TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 -- Do you feel a sharp pain when you eat or drink something cold or hot? You may have sensitive teeth, a common problem caused by a number of factors.
Gum recession is the most common cause. When the gum starts to recede, the tooth's root becomes exposed, resulting in sensitivity, explained Jane Cotter, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry.