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Dr Jerry Simon October 12th, 2022

The impact your oral hygiene has on your risks for breast cancer

Together… We Can Fight Against Breast Cancer!

October is breast cancer awareness month. 1 in 8 women in America will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Thankfully, science has come a long way in the past 50 plus years that has improved the rates of survival exponentially, but unfortunately it is still not 100% preventable yet. So what do we do? 

  • Improve our habits so that we live a healthier lifestyle. This will reduce your risks for developing breast cancer as well as other cancers. It is also great for your overall health.
  • Keep up with regular breast cancer screenings. Just like keeping up with your regular dental checkups, it is important to get screened when due. EARLY Detection is KEY!  And the only way to get early detection is if you are regularly keeping up with our appointments. The earlier something is detected the more successful treatment will be. 

Did you know your oral hygiene can greatly impact your risk for breast cancer?

As dental professionals our job is to not only make sure our patient’s teeth are healthy, but that their overall health is in good shape! So we are here to share with you just how important your dental health can be towards your overall health.Studies have proven that the quality of your oral hygiene has a huge impact on how at risk you are for breast cancer. Having a healthy dental routine, especially if you are at risk because of heredity, will reduce your risks. 


3 Ways to Improve Your Oral Hygiene:


  1. Brush AND You have to floss! We cannot stress this enough. Brushing your teeth is just not enough to keep your teeth healthy. You need to remove the food from getting trapped between your teeth.
  2. Stick to a healthy diet: By eating healthier, you are giving your body the nutrients it needs to help fight infections and inflammations. 
  3. Keep up with your regular dental checkups. By actually going to the dentist instead of skipping them, you end up saving money. If you skip your visits then your dental problems will become much worse and also more expensive. 

We hope these tips help in reducing your risk for both dental problems and your risk for developing breast cancer!  We want our patients to live long, healthy, happy lives. If you have any other questions regarding this please call us! That is what we are here for. 


If you are undergoing breast cancer treatment: 


  • Please inform your hygienist and doctor. There are side effects caused by medications that can affect your dental health. If we are made aware ahead of time we can monitor any changes it may cause more closely. 
  • You should get a professional dental cleaning and take care of any dental work prior to any major surgeries to reduce risks for infections during post-op.
  •  We are your dental coaches, we are here to help you with any concerns you may have.

Let us help you stay healthy!

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