Gum Disease and Breast Cancer Connection

Women who have gum disease are 11 times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

 In North America, 75% of adults suffer from various forms of gum disease or other oral pathologies. In other words, 75% of adult population is at increased risk of cancer because of poor oral health. Research published by Dr. Robert Jones found that there is a very high co-relationship between root canal treated teeth and breast cancer.

In a five-year study of 300 breast cancer cases, he found that 93% of the women with breast cancer had root canals, 7% had other oral pathology. Further, breast tumours (in most cases), occurred on the same side of the body as the root canal.

One factor connecting oral pathology to breast disease is something called Chronic Apical Periodontitis or CAP.

 

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