Approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer sometime in their lives. In 2018, it is estimated that 266,120 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. In the same year, about 40,920 women will die from the same disease. While there is no sure way to prevent cancer, could keeping up with your dental health help? Your local Fort Worth dentist at HomeTown Dental decided to find out.
Link Between Dental Health and Breast Cancer
Several scientific studies have concluded that there is a viable link between poor dental health and breast cancer. The Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment determined that people with gum disease are more likely to develop breast cancer in a survey of 3,273 people. The link was irrefutable, gum disease almost certainly contributes to breast cancer. Periodontitis (gum disease) may cause women to be up to 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. Periodontitis can result in the Epstein-Barr virus and cytomegalovirus bacteria to flourish inside of your mouth. From there, these bacterias can directly enter your bloodstream and affect the host cells that they latch onto. As these cells spread throughout your body, they can cause cancer in several different bodily locations.
Promoting Proper Dental Health
Luckily, preventing cancer caused by poor oral hygiene is something you’ve known how to do your whole life. It’s recommended that you brush your teeth twice daily, preferably with an electric toothbrush. Removing the plaque from your teeth is the most effective way to prevent these harmful bacterias from growing inside your mouth. A combination of brushing and flossing is the easiest way to ensure that there’s no plaque hidden on your teeth. To prevent bacteria growth and improve dental health, you should floss your teeth and rinse with mouthwash at least once a day.
Regardless of if you’ve completed all of these steps or not, it’s still important to visit your local Fort Worth dentist at least once every three to six months for a professional dental cleaning and checkup. Your dentist should be able to detect up to 120 diseases in their early stage by your dental health alone. Catching cancer in its early stages improves chances of survival, and without regular visits to your dentist, you don’t have this safety net. Give your dental health and overall health that safety net by scheduling an appointment with your Fort Worth dentist at HomeTown Dental today.
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