How do you feel about our website?
Great   Indifferent

Gum Disease and Breast Cancer

Recent research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggests postmenopausal women with gum disease are at an increased risk for breast cancer. According to the study – conducted on more than 73,700 women in conjunction with the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study – current and former smokers with gum disease are at the highest risk. However, even women who have never smoked see risks increase 14% when gum disease is present.

Gum disease may seem like an oral health issue alone, but it is a systemic problem that is linked to increased risks for a number of deadly conditions including:

Gum disease is also known to complicate pregnancy and can result in premature birth and low birth weight.

Preventing Gum Disease

The easiest way to prevent gum disease is to brush after every meal and floss morning and night. These daily preventive measures should be combined with twice yearly visits to our office for professional cleanings and examinations, allowing The Woodlands dentist Dr. Scott Young to detect early signs of gum disease and provide treatment before serious issues arise.

To schedule your next visit with Dr. Young, please contact us today. We welcome patients from the entire Houston area at our office in The Woodlands.

Author
Dr. Scott Young, DDS

You Might Also Enjoy...

What’s Better for Me: Bonding or Veneers?

Cosmetic bonding and veneers are minimally invasive and affordable options to quickly makeover a damaged smile and fix cosmetic imperfections. Here’s what you need to know about each procedure, and how to choose the best option for your needs.

How a Root Canal Procedure Relieves Your Pain

With so many myths and misconceptions about root canal therapy, many people are understandably afraid of the procedure. But the truth will actually surprise you. Here’s why you shouldn’t be afraid if you need a root canal.

Important Steps to Take When You Lose a Tooth

Losing a tooth can be painful and traumatic, but if you act quickly and take precautions, our dental team may be able to save the tooth and prevent long term problems. Here’s what you should do if you lose a tooth or experience dental trauma.

5 Tips for Adjusting to Life With Dentures

Adjusting to life with dentures can take an adjustment period. But with a little practice and getting used to, they’ll feel comfortable in no time. Here are a few tips to help you get used to your new dentures.

When Is Gum Graft Surgery Necessary?

Gum recession is a common symptom of gum disease, which often leads to tooth loss and other oral health problems if left untreated. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your risk, and if necessary, gum graft surgery to repair the damage.