Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Oral Health Effects

Since 2005, the incidence of breast cancer has remained stable. While it is good news the incidence of breast cancer has not increased, we are also learning about some previously unknown risks, one of which is chronic gum disease.

Research is showing that women with chronic gum disease have a higher risk of developing breast cancer, but the oral health implications don’t stop with just a diagnosis. Many women who undergo treatment for breast cancer experience side effects impacting their mouth. It is important for you to visit your dentist before starting cancer treatment and consult with him or her regularly in order to maintain a healthy smile.


While this association exists, there are steps you can take to avoid increasing your risk. The most simple solution is to maintain a regular oral health routine. This means twice daily brushing, once daily flossing and biannual visits to your dentist.

It is difficult to guarantee a cancer-free life, but knowing your risks and taking steps to reduce them can make an impact on your chances of being diagnosed.

Have you experienced the oral health side effects of breast cancer? Share your experience in the comments.

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