Can Oral Bacteria Cause Colon Cancer?

A bacteria called Fusobacterium Nucleatum is one of the most plentiful species found in the mouth. This bacteria is associated with the plaque that causes gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.

Recently, scientists have found this damaging bacteria in up to 50% of all colon cancer tumors! In fact, colon cancer cells have concentrations of F. Nucleatum that are far more than normal cells.

A second study provided a relevant link too. In this research, women with moderate to severe periodontal disease were at an increased risk of developing colon cancer.

Researchers theorize that the bacteria that causes inflammation, and cancers including colon cancer are linked to inflammation.

Good Oral Health Reduces Periodontal Pathogens

Taking good care of your teeth and gums is essential to good oral health. The scientific research that appears to show the relationship between periodontal disease and colon cancer is just one more reason to pay attention to your oral health care.

Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time. But brushing is not enough:

  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Floss daily to get at areas that cannot be reached with a toothbrush. A water flosser is particularly effective at removing periodontal pathogens that hide between your teeth and deep below the gumline.
  • Gently brush your tongue once a day to remove food particles and harmful bacteria.
  • Schedule a dental cleaning and exam every six months.

Let Us Know If You Have Questions on Any Aspect of Oral Health Care

Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.