October is an important month if you have been affected by breast cancer. This is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink ribbons have been brought to popularity by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to represent solidarity with breast cancer patients. Your Celina dentist, Dr. Angela Ganjoor, wants to show her support by educating you on the links between breast cancer and dental issues.
Gum Disease and Breast Cancer
From 1985 to 2001, the World Health Organization (WHO) researched periodontal (gum) disease in connection with breast cancer. Over 3000 participants from ages 30 to 40 were studied. A significantly higher incidence of breast cancer appeared to be indicated in patients that that presented with missing molars from chronic periodontal disease.
Other studies have surmised that as many as 80% of Americans have some form of gum disease. If severe periodontal disease can, in fact, predict higher rates of breast cancer, the push for oral hygiene should be more than ever. Simple acts such as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist twice a year will, at the very least, give you a higher quality of life. If oral health does end up protecting you from life threatening diseases, as many leading health experts believe, you will be doing yourself an even greater service than just have a nice looking smile.
Oral Hygiene is Especially Important for Patients with Cancer
People that are getting chemotherapy for any type of cancer can be at a greater risk of tooth decay and other dental problems. Many patients experience dry mouth as a side effect of cancer treatments. Saliva is an important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy, since it washes away bacteria and debris that can mix together and begin the processes of tooth decay and gum disease.
For cancer survivors, bone health is something to be aware of even after treatment is complete. The health of your jawbone is something that a dentist can keep an eye on during your regular dental checkups. Whether you’re in the middle of dealing with cancer, or you are in remission, keeping up with regular dental appointments can help with your overall comfort and health.
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Visit your Celina dentist for any of your comprehensive dentistry needs. To schedule an appointment with our 75009 dental office call (214) 851-0130 today. Located in Celina, we proudly serve patients from Prosper, Frisco, Allen, and neighboring communities.