Gum Disease Linked to Breast Cancer

Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper & Nearby Utah

Posted: December 21, 2015
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A dentist office in Salt Lake City awaits its next patientAccording to a recent study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, postmenopausal women are more likely to develop breast cancer if they suffer from gum disease. The best defense against gum disease is a diligent dental hygiene regimen and regular visits with your dentist. Our Salt Lake City office can help you address the myriad effects of gum disease.

In the breast cancer study (which followed 2,124 women over a period of more than six years), researchers found that the risk of breast cancer was 14 percent higher for women with gum disease.

Those with a history of smoking are even more at risk. Of the women in the study who suffered from gum disease, current and former smokers had more than 30 percent greater risk of breast cancer. This statistic even includes those who quit smoking within the past 20 years.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Persistent bad breath

Most people don’t show signs of gum disease until their 30s or 40s. Most often, gum disease stems from inadequate oral hygiene, which is why it is so important to brush, floss and regularly meet with your dentist. Our Salt Lake City office helps many patients effectively control the infection.

If you need a dentist in Salt Lake City, contact Warr Dental today at (801) 216-3713 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Midvale, West Jordan and South Jordan, Utah.