Breast Cancer and Oral health

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Breast cancer is a common disease affecting millions of women worldwide. While various factors can contribute to its development, recent research suggests that there may also be a connection between oral health and breast cancer.


Studies have found that women with gum disease (periodontitis) have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. This is because the bacteria that cause gum disease can enter the bloodstream and increase inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is a key factor in the development of many diseases, including cancer.


A recent research study in Sweden suggests that the risk of a woman developing breast cancer could be amplified by chronic gum disease. Researchers in England discovered that women who suffer from gum disease are up to three times more likely to develop breast cancer.


Additionally, oral health can also be an indicator of overall health. Women with poor oral hygiene or frequent dental problems may also have other health issues. These can increase their risk of breast cancer. For example, women with diabetes have a higher risk of developing both periodontitis and breast cancer.


It is important to maintain good oral hygiene to reduce the risk of gum disease and other oral health problems. This includes brushing and flossing daily, regular dental cleanings, and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption.


More research is needed to fully understand the link between oral health and breast cancer. However, maintaining good oral hygiene can have a positive impact on overall health, including reducing the risk of breast cancer.  Please talk to your dentist and doctor about the importance of oral health and it’s impact on the risk of breast cancer.


October is breast cancer awareness month. Please let us do whatever we can to ensure every woman has access to the screenings she needs and the support she deserves.


Dr Hang Le and her team at My Fairfax Dental can help you prevent or treat the main causes of gum disease. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get the smile you deserve.

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