Periodontal Disease Linked to Breast Cancer

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.

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Missing molars are a sign of long term periodontal issues.

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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.

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