Possible Connection between Periodontal Disease and Breast Cancer

Pink is the international symbol for breast cancer awareness. However, if pink shows up in your sink, you should be aware that it is time to call our dentist for an exam. According to research conducted by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, periodontal disease may be associated with breast cancer. The study, which included more than 3,000 women between the ages of 30 and 40, noted that women with periodontal disease were more likely to develop breast cancer, particularly if they lost molars due to the condition.

 

Periodontal disease often begins as gingivitis, a mild condition caused by a buildup of plaque. Plaque irritates and inflames sensitive gum tissue. Gums may bleed when teeth are brushed or flossed, and this is often the first sign that something is wrong. If gum disease is diagnosed and treated at this stage, it is reversible. Our periodontist offers effective and appropriate treatment options that can help you restore your dental health.

 

If gum disease is allowed to progress to gumline pocket formation and recession, teeth will loosen, and bones will begin to deteriorate in the jaw. This phase cannot be reversed. Our periodontist will need to perform a deep cleaning procedure called a scaling and root planing. Then we will need to discuss further treatment options with you.

 

Reduce your risk of periodontal disease by brushing twice a day and flossing every day. See your dentist for a routine dental exam two times a year. If you have any symptoms of gum disease, contact our periodontist today to schedule your dental exam, cleaning and dental X-rays.