According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed annually. Unfortunately, because the 5-year survival rate of these cancers is about 50%, there are also 8,000 deaths attributed to oral cancer each year. However, recent research shows that cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and garden cress contain a compound that helps prevent oral cancers. This compound, known as sulfurophane, encourages head and neck cancer cells to increase levels of protein that turn on specific genes which detoxify cancer cells. Researchers found that by rinsing their mouths with broccoli sprout extract, study participants could activate this protective effect in the lining of their mouths, which is certainly good news for broccoli lovers.
Nutrition is important to oral health. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts strengthen immunity and help protect the teeth and gums. Schedule your appointment today! At our office you will receive a professional exam to detect and address any existing or impending health problems.