The Relationship Between Gum Disease and Breast Cancer

Periodontal (gum and bone) disease is a serious dental and health concern for people of all ages, even in Los Angeles.  It typically occurs when there is a build-up of plaque on your teeth.  This plaque hardens and produces tartar.  Food that comes into contact with these substances produces bacteria that form pockets under the gum line.  If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.  In order to prevent periodontal disease, it is important to attend regular cleanings from your Los Angeles area dentist.

In the past, periodontal disease has been connected to many different physical diseases, but a study by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found a new, shocking connection between gum disease and breast cancer.  According to the study, women whose gum disease is so severe that they have lost teeth are 11 times more likely to contract breast cancer than women without gum disease.  While periodontal disease has previously been associated with heart disease, this is the first study to make a connection between gum disease and breast cancer.

Now, more than ever, it is important to take preventive measures against periodontal disease.  The best way to do that is by scheduling an appointment with your Los Angeles dentist today.  We are happy to help you achieve your optimal dental health.