Approximately one in nine women in Canada will develop breast cancer. What’s even more frightening, an estimated 27,000 cases of breast cancer (in men and women) are expected to be diagnosed in 2015.

Despite these alarming facts, there are actions you and your loved ones can do to help prevent this disease. Since this is Dr. Steven Hill’s blog and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re going to share how the benefits of healthy teeth and gums extend far beyond the mouth.

Oral Health and Breast Cancer

Numerous studies have revealed that gum disease can be a link to other ailments, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Articles featured in Total Health Magazine and Healthworks Collective shared a study conducted by the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment revealing a clear link between periodontal disease and the development of breast cancer.

Women who suffer from chronic periodontal disease have a higher incidence of breast cancer. In fact, women may be 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer if they have poor oral health or periodontal disease.

Yikes! As you can see, periodontal disease should not be taken lightly. So, what can you do?

• Brush twice a day, using a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste approved by the CDA (Canadian Dental Association).
• Floss like a boss! Clean between teeth daily with dental floss or another interdental cleaner.
• Visit your dentist in Langley, BC every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning.

By developing a good oral health routine and with the support of Dr. Steven C. Hill Inc, the incidence of periodontal disease and other health related issues like breast cancer can be reduced. Be sure to schedule your dental appointment with us by calling 604-532-9040.

Are you or a loved one a breast cancer survivor? Leave a comment below – we’d love to hear your story!