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Link between Oral Health and Breast Cancer

Posted by DentalPlans.com

Feb 4, 2011 7:34:00 PM

A study that was conducted in the journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, a survey of 3, 273 subjects, found that women with chronic periodontal disease had a higher occurrence of breast cancer.

It has been well documented that good oral hygiene is linked to good overall health. Bacteria that lives in your mouth contain certain strains that cause periodontal disease. The disease has been linked to pneumonia, prostate cancer, stroke, diabetes and now breast cancer.

When someone has an advanced case of periodontal disease, their teeth will fall out and their blood supply will become infested with bacteria. The Karolinska Institute’s study found that the bacteria can prompt the development of co-infection of the Epstein-Barr virus and the cytomegalovirus. Together, these viruses team up to suppress the body’s immune system, which can lead to incidences of breast cancer.

Make sure to see your dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and periodontal screenings to help reduce the risk.

Tell us what steps you take to prevent periodontal disease!

Topics: Dental Health, Dental Insurance, Dental News, Dental Care, Breast Cancer Awareness, Periodontal disease

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