How flossing can lower the risk of Pancreatic Cancer by Valerie M. Preston, DDS


 Valerie M. Preston, DDS
Valerie M. Preston, DDS

Pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease that kills at least 96% of the patients who are diagnosed with it. While there are some known ways of preventing it, there is no guarantee that these methods will work 100% of the time. However, studies have shown that your dental health directly affects your vital organs including your pancreas.

In other words, it has been found that you can increase your chances of preventing diseases including cancer of the pancreas by doing something as simple as taking good care of your teeth.

Flossing Lowers Pancreatic Cancer Risks

Flossing offers a lot of benefits for those who do it regularly and correctly. When plaque builds up in between the teeth and gums and no proper cleaning is done, minerals calcify easily, leading to tartar. Tartar increases the level of bacteria inside your mouth because it basically traps them in between your teeth.

If left untreated for a long time, bacteria may spread throughout the tooth root and eventually destroy the external parts of your teeth. This is when more complicated dental conditions occur. Your tooth root houses the pulp chamber, which contains tiny nerves that supply your teeth and gums with blood and nutrients. In short, the bacteria has found a shortcut to your bloodstream.


In the study, which included 405 respondents with pancreatic cancer and 416 healthy individuals, a strong relationship was found between the increased level of antibodies against Porphyromonas gingivalis and pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease that kills at least 96% of the patients who are diagnosed with it. While there are some known ways of preventing it, there is no guarantee that these methods will work 100% of the time. However, studies have shown that your dental health directly affects your vital organs including your pancreas.

In other words, it has been found that you can increase your chances of preventing diseases including cancer of the pancreas by doing something as simple as taking good care of your teeth.

Flossing Lowers Pancreatic Cancer Risks

Flossing offers a lot of benefits for those who do it regularly and correctly. When plaque builds up in between the teeth and gums and no proper cleaning is done, minerals calcify easily, leading to tartar. Tartar increases the level of bacteria inside your mouth because it basically traps them in between your teeth.

If left untreated for a long time, bacteria may spread throughout the tooth root and eventually destroy the external parts of your teeth. This is when more complicated dental conditions occur. Your tooth root houses the pulp chamber, which contains tiny nerves that supply your teeth and gums with blood and nutrients. In short, the bacteria has found a shortcut to your bloodstream.

In the study, which included 405 respondents with pancreatic cancer and 416 healthy individuals, a strong relationship was found between the increased level of antibodies against Porphyromonas gingivalis and pancreatic cancer.

The author writes “I am Valerie M. Preston, DDS with more than 20 years of experience in the dental industry. I’m an expert in restorative and cosmetic dentistry and a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society. I own VPreston Dental in Raleigh, NC, a dental clinic known for its spa-like ambiance. For more details, you can check out my website, Facebook and Twitter pages.”

The Story of Dentistry – this is a really brilliant introduction


The history of dentistry
The history of dentistry

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The whole area of dentistry actually spans back further than many will realise. Oral health and functioning teeth are an important factor in overall health therefore people have always seen the importance in taking care of them. Studying to be a dentist today takes many years as students need to learn the basics of medicine s as well as the whole nature of dentistry and what is involved in promoting good oral health.

Of course, dentistry also expands into orthodontics which is a more specialized area covering improper bites and crooked teeth. In recent years, we have also seen huge increases in the popularity of cosmetic dentistry and cosmetic dentistry surgery as people’s focus has moved more onto the aesthetics of the teeth and perfection a smile.


This StoryMap from Study Medicine Europe aims to chart the interesting history of dentistry on an interactive timeline. Learn about the origins of the discipline and how it has evolved over time.

Dental care and your health. Find out why good dental care can keep your whole body healthy.