Breast Cancer and Your Oral Health

Roll out the pink, October is breast cancer awareness month. In honor of the fight against this disease, which accounts for nearly a third of all cancer diagnoses in women, your Lake Forest dentist will dedicate today’s post to discussing breast cancer and how it relates to your oral health.

Breast Cancer in the United States

Both men and women can develop breast cancer, though it is more common by far in women. Women in their early twenties are at lowest risk for breast cancer, while those in their upper 70’s are at greatest risk. Mortality rates of those diagnosed with breast cancer have slowly decreased over the past decade, but with advances in screening technologies, the number of diagnoses has increased.

How Gum Disease Relates to Breast Cancer

A study conducted by the World Health Organization that used data collected from 1985 to 2011, found correlations between gum disease and instances of breast cancer. While no causative link has been firmly established between the two, the study suggested that gum disease might increase risks for breast cancer. Gum disease has certainly been linked to a number of other health problems, including heart problems and diabetes.

Dealing with the Oral Affects of Chemotherapy

Undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer can have a number of oral effects. Many experience toothaches, dry mouth, and sore throats, or difficulty swallowing. Oral yeast infections, also known as thrush, are also likely to affect those receiving chemotherapy treatments, in addition to infections or inflammation in the mouth, and a change in the receptivity of your taste buds.

Contact your Lake Forest Dentist Today

Dr. Fondriest understands the challenges facing those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and encourages you to visit our Lake Forest dental office so that we can assist you in caring for your oral health. To schedule an appointment with us, call us today at (847)234-0517. We gladly serve patients from the entire Chicago Metro area.