Breast Cancer and Oral Health | Smile Workshop San Antonio Alamo Ranch

[:en]Approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer sometime in their lives. In 2017, it is estimated that 252,710 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. In the same year, about 40,610 women will die from the same disease. While there is no sure way to prevent cancer, could keeping up with oral health help? Your local dentist at Smile Workshop San Antonio Alamo Ranch decided to find out.

Link Between Oral Health and Breast Cancer

Several scientific studies have concluded that there is a viable link between poor oral health and breast cancer. The Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment determined that people with gum disease are more likely to develop breast cancer in a survey of 3,273 people. The link was irrefutable, gum disease almost certainly contributes to breast cancer. Periodontitis (gum disease) may cause women to be up to 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. Periodontitis can result in the Epstein-Barr virus and cytomegalovirus bacteria to flourish inside of your mouth. From there, these bacterias can directly enter your bloodstream and affect the host cells that they latch onto. As these cells spread throughout your body, they can cause cancer in several different bodily locations.

Promoting Proper Oral Health

Luckily, preventing cancer caused by poor oral health is something you’ve known how to do your whole life. It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice daily, preferably with an electronic toothbrush. Removing the plaque from your teeth is the most effective way to prevent these harmful bacterias from growing inside your mouth. A combination of brushing and flossing is the easiest way to ensure that there is no plaque hidden on your teeth. To prevent bacteria growth and improve oral health, you should floss your teeth and rinse with mouthwash at least once a day.

Regardless of if you’ve completed all of these steps or not, it is still important to visit your dentist at least once every three to six months. Your dentist should be able to detect up to 120 diseases in their early stage by your oral health alone. Catching cancer in its early stages improves chances of survival, and without regular visits to your dentist, you do not have this safety net.

If you are experiencing sensitive or bleeding gums, this is often the direct result of gum inflammation. This is the earliest warning sign of heart disease and should never be ignored. Promoting proper oral hygiene is an easy way to improve your overall health. Keep your oral health in top shape by coming in and getting your regular cleaning. Give us a call or schedule an appointment today!

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