A new study, conducted in conjunction with the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, has found that postmenopausal women with gum disease are at a higher risk for breast cancer. The study included more than 73,700 women, none of whom had breast cancer at the outset. By its conclusion however, women with gum disease were 14% more likely to have developed breast cancer – providing one more reason the prompt detection and treatment of this common disease is so very important.
If you have begun to notice any of the symptoms of gum disease, please call 319-373-5082 today to schedule your treatment consultation with Marion dentist Dr. Blaine McLaughlin.
Gum Disease and Systemic Health
There have been myriad studies on the impact gum disease has on systemic health.
Thus far, systemic issues linked to periodontal disease include:
- Heart attack and stroke
- Liver and kidney failure
- Lung cancer
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Complications with pregnancy and diabetes
- Gum disease is also linked to tooth loss, jawbone necrosis, and other oral health issues.
Preventing gum disease can be accomplished through a consistent daily routine and biannual visits to our office for professional cleanings and examinations. If you are overdue for a dental visit, please contact Dental Touch Associates today to schedule your next appointment and help protect your oral and systemic health.