20 ‘Innocent’ Habits That Might Give You Cancer (Expert-Verified)
We’re having poor oral hygiene
This 2018 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that diseases affecting your gums can increase your risk of colorectal and lung cancer by a whopping 24%.
Although scientists still seek further evidence to prove their theory, they believe gum disease affects your immune system, specifically how bacteria travels through major organs. This might make harmful substances reach vital organs such as the lungs faster, thus increasing your risk of cancer.
Captain’s Tip: Taking care of your dental health comes down to one basic principle: prevention is better than treatment. If you’re feeling pain, contact your doctor as soon as possible; until then, these 9 American ways of treating your toothache at home may help.