In a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Louisville and Henan University of Science and Technology, the link between gum disease and esophageal cancer was confirmed. Specifically, Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacterium behind gum disease, was found in 61% of the tissue samples studied. This statistically significant number is higher than other risk factors including age, genetics, and chemical exposure – making gum disease one of the leading risks for esophageal cancer.
It is estimated that over 80% of adults in the United States will, at some point, develop gum disease. What is so beguiling about this statistic is that gum disease is entirely preventable. In fact, gum disease is one of the easiest oral health issues to avoid – and knowing that it is linked to a number of deadly diseases should encourage those who are not actively trying to prevent it to step up their game.
Austin dentist Dr. John Schmid can discuss gum disease prevention methods in greater detail during your next routine examination, but in the meantime you can take matters into your own hands by making sure to:
- Quit smoking
- Brush your teeth after every meal and snack
- Floss both morning and night
That’s really it. Avoiding tobacco products, brushing your teeth and flossing are the most effective forms of defense against gum disease. Add to these biannual visits to our Austin office for cleanings and examinations and you substantially reduce your risks for both gum disease and systemic illness. Please contact us online or call 512-329-5967today to schedule an appointment and learn more.