Gum disease increases the risk of breast cancer

The research team of Dr Jo Freudenheim from department of epidemiology and environmental health at the state university of New York at Buffalo have been looking at the cases of breast cancer in about 70000 women over 7 years and discovered that those who had gum disease were 14% more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

The researchers believe that bacteria causing the gum disease can get into blood circulation and affect breast tissue, they also suggest that the link can be the result of a systemic inflammation which originates in the infected gums.

Dr Jo Freudenheinhm says that Inflammation is related to a number of cancers and stroke and heart disease so it could be that chronic inflammation is causing both. More research is still required to establish the specific relationship.

Other studies have established a clear link between gum disease and serious health conditions such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease and dementia.

Gum disease is caused by bacteria populating the Dental plaque if it is not removed correctly. The signs of gum disease are gum bleeding, bad breath and in advance stages of the disease tooth mobility and tooth loss. Gum disease is a very common condition where the gums become swollen, sore or infected.

Based on the figures provided by NHS, It's estimated that more than half of all adults in the UK have gum disease to some degree and most people experience it at least once. Up to 15% of adults are estimated to have severe periodontitis, with many more affected less severely. As the plaque and bacteria are the main culprit in gum disease, meticulous cleaning, brushing and flossing are the most important preventative measures. You have to brush at least twice a day and floss daily to clean between the teeth. Smoking and alcohol are well known risk factors for gum disease and their correlation with other potentially life threatening conditions such as cancer and liver disease is well established. Therefore giving up smoking and alcohol will reduce the risk of gum disease.

If you are worried that you may have gum disease visit your dentist straight away to have a thorough examination.

Your wellbeing starts from your mouth, do not ignore it.

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