This November Dr. Michael Colleran Promotes the Connection Between Pancreatic Cancer and Gum Disease in San Luis Obispo, CA

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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Michael Colleran is helping San Luis Obispo patients protect themselves against a higher risk for developing pancreatic cancer by offering modern gum disease prevention and treatment from proper cleanings to laser gum surgery. The existence of gum disease, which can be seen in early stages by signs such as gum recession, has been shown in many studies to increase a patient’s chances of contracting pancreatic cancer, highlighting the importance of proper gum health.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and San Luis Obispo dentist Dr. Michael Colleran and his staff are promoting an increased awareness throughout the community about the link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer, making the need for good treatments such as laser gum surgery to maintain oral health. Multiple research studies over the years have indicated that there is an increased likelihood that people can develop pancreatic cancer if they also have gum disease, especially if left untreated from early stages of gum recession on.

There are two primary reasons that dental and medical professionals have connected these two diseases for many years now. The first is related to the antibodies that are produced by the body in order to fight gum disease once it takes hold. Known as P. gingivalis, these antibodies have been found in patients with pancreatic cancer at levels twice as high as those found in people without this pancreatic cancer. Additionally, carcinogens known as nitrosamines are released into the oral cavity when periodontal disease is present. Nitrosamines have been found to increase a patient’s risk of contracting pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Colleran is committed to educating the public about the risks and early signs of gum disease. These include any redness or bleeding in the gums, tenderness, gum recession and swelling. Many advances in the treatment of gum disease make it easier than ever to effectively eliminate periodontitis and give patients improved oral health as well as better overall health. From deep cleanings to advanced laser gum surgery, the options for maintaining healthy gums abound.

In addition to pancreatic cancer, gum disease is associated with diabetes, low birth weight, stroke and other serious medical conditions. Leveraging November’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Colleran and his staff invite all San Luis Obispo residents to contact their office to learn more about the symptoms and risks of gum disease from gum recession to pancreatic cancer. Education is the first step in being able to make informed decisions about treatments like laser gum surgery and routine preventative care in the office or at home so that ongoing health is achieved.

About The Doctor

Michael Colleran is a general dentist offering personalized dental care for San Luis Obispo, CA patients since 2002. Dr. Colleran attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for his undergraduate studies and University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry in San Francisco for his professional training. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. Dr. Colleran is a nationally renowned dental author and lecturer and an expert on laser dentistry. To learn more about Michael Colleran, DDS and his dental services visit his website at and call (805) 543-0814.

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