Farmington Hills Dentist Highlights Study that Links Gum Disease to Breast Cancer

Many parts of the country are enjoying the beautiful fall foliage this time of year. Orange, yellow, brown, and red leaves provide a feast for the eyes. Have you spotted any pink out there this month? No, not in the trees, but in stores, on television, and while you’re out and about, you may be seeing pink ribbons, hats, and t-shirts that represent support for people with breast cancer. Yes, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Askari, points to a study that links breast cancer and gum disease

Swedish Research Study

Conducted by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, a research study narrowed down missing molars from chronic periodontal disease as an indicator of higher breast cancer rates. The study focused on 3273 randomly selected participants from the ages of 30-40 years. The researchers divided the subjects into two groups. Group A was comprised of 1676 people that received an oral examination. Group B encompassed the remaining 1597 participants, who did not receive an examination. The statistical incidence of breast cancer was 5.5% in subjects with missing molars from periodontal disease, and 0.5% in subjects who had gum disease, but had not lost teeth as a result.

Identifying Gum Disease

The early stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis, which carries symptoms like puffy gums that bleed when you brush and floss. This stage might seem fairly harmless and easy to ignore, but the disease can progress very quickly into periodontitis (severe gum disease). Once periodontal disease becomes severe, your risk for losing teeth increases. Considering the above information, avoiding losing molars from letting gum disease advance can possibly reduce your risk of breast cancer. If you see blood when you’re brushing your teeth, make a dental appointment immediately to get your gums and teeth checked out.

Contact Your Farmington Hills Dentist for a Checkup

To stop gum disease before it starts, keep up with good oral hygiene and bi-annual checkups with your dentist. Schedule an appointment by contacting our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248)566-6490. We are happy to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, the 48335 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.