A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research involving more than 73-thousand postmenopausal women finds those with periodontal disease are at greater risk of beast cancer.
We know chronic inflammation can increase the risk of certain types of cancer said Oncologist Steven Mamus, M.D., of Cancer Center Manatee.
"I believe that's the reason there's is a link between periodontal disease and breast cancer which is found in the study which is the Women's Health Initiative." Explained Dr. Mamus.
Lisa Brewer, D.M.D., of New Image Dentistry said Periodontal disease has a high genetic risk factor, but you can minimize your risk by taking care of your mouth.
"Brushing, and flossing your teeth aren't enough to control periodontal disease." Said Dr. Brewer. "You should also use other tools like smaller brushes available to better get in between teeth and get regular professional cleanings."
The study also finds a history of smoking affected the women's risk.
Dr. Mamus said although true the study is a little confusing. "Although there's a higher incidence of a higher association of periodontal disease with breast cancer with women that smoked, the smoking association was not significant in the study. But, it is of concern and it's another source of inflammation."