We know that oral health is linked to overall health, and it is encouraging to see the growing awareness in both the dental and medical communities that many diseases’ first symptoms are oral, making early detection by a dentist more likely. To continue to build acceptance of the link between oral and overall health, it is particularly for us as patients and practitioners to understand “how” the two are related. This article discusses the relationship between gum disease and gastrointestinal cancers, specifically how inflammation in the mouth may make it easier for bacteria to travel through the body and enable the development of cancer cells. A healthier mouth means a healthier body and a happier mind. Contact D4 today to discuss bringing the dental office to your office, when you need it and where you need it.