Link between Missing Teeth and Breast Cancer

Link between Missing Teeth and Breast CancerBreast cancer risk factors can include both controllable and uncontrollable factors in our lives. A woman’s age, family history and ethnicity are all considered uncontrollable risk factors. Controllable risk factors include post-menopausal weight gain, a sedentary lifestyle and heavy alcohol intake. Our dentist in Torrance wants our patients to be aware that another controllable risk factor may have recently been discovered.

According to the British Dental Health Foundation, women with severe periodontal disease and missing teeth may be as much as 11 times more likely than women with healthy teeth and gums to develop breast cancer. The Karolinska Institute in Sweden examined the tooth and gum health of more than 3,000 women, 41 of whom developed breast cancer. These women were more likely to have experienced severe gum disease and tooth loss. Gum disease has been associated with not just breast cancer but also oral cancer, heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy complications.

Our dentist recommends good daily dental hygiene as one of the most important ways to stamp out gum disease at its source. Periodontal disease is caused by oral bacteria infecting your gums. The bacteria, which live in plaque, can be easily removed through brushing after meals and daily flossing. Biannual professional cleanings can remove any plaque or tartar buildup that your daily cleanings may have missed and catch early signs of gum disease when the condition is at its most treatable stages. Contact our specialist for periodontal treatments in Torrance today to schedule a consultation or to learn more.

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