A 10-year study has found that two types of bacteria that are present in individuals with gum disease can increase the chances of being affected by esophageal cancer.

The study found that one of the bacteria, in particular, Tannerella forsythia, may increase the chances of this kind of cancer by 21%.

The Importance of Flossing

Flossing is an important part of your dental hygiene routine. Many people think that brushing is enough to get rid of the bacteria that is present in your mouth, but this is not the case. There are areas of your teeth and gums that a toothbrush cannot reach. When left unclean, this bacteria can begin to harm the tooth and surrounding gums, causing decay and gum disease.

Besides the possible increased risk of esophageal cancer, gum disease can also increase the risk of other major medical issues including heart disease. If you have not regularly flossed in the past, it is not too late to start making that a habit each day.

If you would like to make sure you are flossing correctly, click here. For more information regarding the study that was done and the findings, you can read the full article here.


The best way to care for your gums and teeth is through proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings. Periodontal disease affects close to 50,000 people in the US each yearand is much easier to treat when it is spotted early. If you think you have gum disease, please contact our office.