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A 44-year-old female asked:

I have gum disease front 4 teeth & 8 lost teeth from tooth decay. dentist says it's under control. should i worry about getting pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
NO: The two conditions are totally unrelated and there is absolutely no worry about getting any type of cancer from either gum disease or tooth decay, whether it's under control or recurs and needs treatment. I would also suggest you discuss this concern with your primary care physician. Get regular medical and dental check-ups regardless. It's important and will hopefully keep your concerns in check

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