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New Research Connects Gum Disease with Breast Cancer

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New Research Connects Gum Disease with Breast Cancer

Cancer is a disease likely to affect everyone in one way or another – if not as a sufferer ourselves, than by knowing and loving someone who has been diagnosed. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity where members of the general public and members of the health care field work together to raise awareness of this particular form of cancer as well as topics such as screening. This month, the team at India Hook Dental would like to share some information about breast cancer risk factors.

Surprising New Data

The link between risk factors such as smoking and alcohol and breast cancer diagnoses has been demonstrated by research again and again. A new link emerged from data collected and analyzed by the World Health Organization (WHO), which included studies that had been conducted from 1983 – 2001. This data suggests that periodontal disease (gum disease) is a risk factor in breast cancer. Results from scientific surveys taken by 3,273 people were reported in The Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. These published results support the finding that individuals with chronic gum disease had a higher occurrence of breast cancer.

Dangerous to More Than Teeth

Gum disease is certainly best-known for causing extensive damage to teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. Left untreated it has the potential to cause severe pain, tooth loss, and other complications. Because gum disease is essentially an infection that leads to tissue damage, it has the potential to cause many other problems throughout the body. It can contribute to health concerns such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Prostate cancer
  • Problems with pregnancy

Because periodontal disease has the distinct potential to harm health in so many ways, taking steps to treat it is very important. Prevention is certainly the best option, but many people affected by the earliest stages may not even be aware of the problem. This is one of the reasons why regular checkups for dental cleaning are so important. Your dental care team is here to help, so be sure to talk about gum disease the next time you come to see us.

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  • We love IHDC! They do everything possible to ensure our safety, and Alaine is an absolute gem! She treats my daughter with the patience of a saint and we love her for it! The whole team is amazing!

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  • Could not possibly thank Dr. Houck, Gabby, and staff enough for the wonderful care I receive. In addition to excellent dentistry, their compassionate approach and communication really sets them apart. They are always kind, caring, and take time to explain things in detail. Easy to contact the office with any needs, and they are always quick to respond. Highly recommend.

  • Just wanted to leave a quick review on Claudia! She is an excellent dental hygienist. She is very thorough with her cleanings, she has a sweet personality and takes the time to explain things to you. I 10/10 would recommend Claudia to all of my friends and family.

  • Amazing place. Started taking our family there in 2014. Professional, kind, and most importantly excellent at every level of service.

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