October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! As an office full of compassionate people we are hyperaware of this disease. This cancer hits home to our entire staff. We have all had an experience with either our own self, a family member or close friend who has or is battling breast cancer. Here are a few statistics you may not have known about this cancer:
- About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
- In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.
- 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.
- The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).
How does breast cancer relate to dentistry?
There has been research done that suggests that postmenopausal women with periodontal issues are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. At Montclair Smile Design we are big on how good dentistry contributes to patients overall health. We don’t just focus on one tooth at a time. We look at the whole picture. Smoking, another risk factor for this cancer, contributes to periodontal problems as well. Therefore, if a patient has periodontal issues AND continues to smoke the chances are even higher for developing breast cancer.
Last week we wrote about the importance of dental hygiene. Don’t let the basics slip! Of course we all want healthy teeth and gums, but helping to reduce the chance of breast cancer in our patients is yet one more reason we can add to the list of why dental hygiene is so important!
Are you undergoing treatment for cancer right now? Did you know that chemotherapy lowers the bodies white blood cell count which can increase the chance for infection? Keeping your mouth clean and healthy will help reduce the chance of unwanted infections.
Being part of a dental team that cares about each patients over all health is what helps set Montclair Smile Design apart from all the others. Our doctors and hygienists are comprehensive and detail oriented in their approach to each individuals dental plan. Medical history plays a huge role in how we do what we do. Don’t forget to update your medical history next time you’re in to see us.
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