October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To promote awareness, many people this month are sporting the color pink. At our Brampton office, we would like to take the opportunity to discuss the connection between women’s oral health and breast cancer.
Good news is the incidence of breast cancer has not increased, as well we are learning some previously unknown risks. One of which is chronic gum disease. Research has shown that women with chronic gum disease have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. The oral health implications, though, do not stop with just a diagnosis. Many women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer have experienced side effects impacting their mouth. Side effects include risk for pain, dental caries, and xerostomia, which is a form of dry mouth that can cause serious decay to teeth. Dry mouth allows the bacteria, acid, and plaque on teeth to cause decay much more quickly and severely, making it easier for cavities to form. Furthermore, drugs used during chemotherapy can affect oral health negatively and require additional care from your Dentist.
Our staff at Kennedy Dental Care highly recommend and encourage a visit to the Dentist before starting cancer treatment for regular consultations in order to maintain a healthy smile.
There are steps you can take to avoid increasing your risk of breast cancer. The simplest and most encouraged solution is to maintain a regular oral hygiene regimen. This means brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and tongue cleaning daily. Don’t forget to book biannual visits to the Dentist. Have questions on how to prevent decay and further damage to your mouth? Feel free to call our Brampton office today to speak with our Dental Professionals!