February 7th, 2011
New data concerning women’s health has been coming in linking periodontal disease to breast cancer.
Of all things!
This came in from a recent study in Huddinge, Sweden by the Department of Dental Medicine, Division of Periodontology, Karolinska Institutet. Over 3000 women between the ages of 30-40 years were part of a 16 year randomized study.
“Of the subjects with periodontal disease and any missing molars in the mandible 5.5% had breast cancer in comparison to 0.5% of the subjects who had periodontal disease but no missing molars,” the study reported.
Missing molars are a sign of long term periodontal issues.
(Read more at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20960226)
When is it that medical insurance companies are going to start paying for periodontal disease? It’s obvious with all the studies that have been done that periodontal disease is a systemic disease which is linked to heart, lungs, pancreas, children with low birth weight, stokes, diabetes and now breast cancer.