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Gum Disease and Missing Teeth Could Raise Women's Risk for Breast Cancer

By February 14, 2011

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The British Dental Health Foundation released a rather shocking report this month that may cause many women to step up their oral hygiene routine. The report, released on February 11, 2011, states that women with gum disease and or missing teeth may be up to 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer.

Sweden's Karolinska Institute studied over three thousand patients, ending with 41 women developing cancer. The women with gum disease and tooth loss were found to be 11 times more likely to develop cancer. This study is said to be the first to examine the relationship between gum disease, tooth loss and cancer. More studies will be necessary in order to fully explain the link, if any, between gum disease, tooth loss, and cancer.

Gum disease is continually popping up in the news as a link or result of serious health concerns. Diabetes, preterm birth, and heart disease are only a few conditions related to this preventable disease.

Have you been to see your dentist lately?

Comments
February 24, 2011 at 1:35 am
(1) ZenDental says:

This is some great information that I shared with my patients. I tell patients all the time about the risks associated with gum disease and since it’s not a typically painful condition many people let it go undiagnosed and untreated which leads to more problems down the road. Thanks for sharing! Dentist Los Angeles

February 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm
(2) sherwood dentist says:

It is ridiculous news. I can not see any relation between breast cancer with gum diseases. Giving more evidences please.Thanks

February 25, 2011 at 1:45 am
(3) flossguy says:

Thank you for the information presented in your blog. Of course, more studies need to done to establish any direct link, but it seems like a healthy mouth is important for a healthy body.

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