October is breast cancer awareness month, so Signature Smile Dental would like to take a moment to honor the brave individuals who have dealt or are dealing with breast cancer. Your strength and bravery is truly inspiring.
In hopes of raising awareness, we would like to share a study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden that suggests a link between missing teeth, gum disease, and breast cancer.
The study observed over 3,000 people, 41 of which had developed breast cancer. After further examination, out of those 41 people, those with missing teeth or gum disease were found to be 11 times more likely to develop cancer.
Dr. Evelina Tolchinsky DDS from Signature Smile General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Brooklyn Heights feels that currently, there is not enough research to fully support these claims.
However this is not the first time a study has associated periodontal disease with other ailments in the body.
For example, research has shown that the bacteria from gum diseases could enter your blood stream and affect your heart, resulting in a higher risk of developing a heart disease. It is also thought that those with gum disease are at a higher risk of developing diabetes.
Gum disease is caused by a bacteria found in dental plaque. If not treated properly, this bacteria will sit in your gums and break down the bone in jaw responsible for holding your teeth in place. Overtime, this could lead to tooth loss.
Gum disease is not easily discernible as it is not necessarily painful. Symptoms of gum disease includes red or swollen gums that are prone to bleeding. The easiest way to prevent gum disease is to brush twice a day for 2 minutes, flossing, and using a fluoride rinse.
If you are located in Brooklyn Heights and have any questions about gum disease or are interested in setting up a consultation with either Dr. Evelina Tolchinsky DDS or Dr. Inna Trogan DDS, please give Signature Smile Dental a call today.