Dentist Pasadena TX | Breast Cancer and Gum Disease


Pasadena, Texas Dentist Dr. Michael Nugent

I just read a new article linking periodontal disease (gum disease) and breast cancer was published in the journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, October 19, 2010.

This was the first study linking periodontal disease and breast cancer. Doctors have known about the link between gum disease and disease states: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, surgical complications, and risk of fetal death.

Periodontal disease can be looked at as a hyperinflammatory response to bacteria. The byproducts and toxins of this oral inflammation enter the bloodstream. These byproducts and toxins can create problems at distant sites. Chronic inflammation may enhance cellular growth and mutagenesis, allowing for the development and spread of cancer.

Furthermore, periodontal disease also cause gum tissue, bone and tooth loss.

I wants you to have  healthy mouth and happy life. It is important to regularly visit our Pasadena Texas Dental Office for cleanings and check ups.

What are the factors that lead to gum disease?

The main risk factors that lead to gum disease are:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene
  • Diabetes
  • Not having regular dental cleanings
  • Too much alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Certain medications
  • Change in hormones

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What treatments are available for gum disease?

Our main objective is to control the disease and stop its progress, although treatment mostly relies on how severe the situation is. We primarily concentrate on offering non-surgical treatment option called “Scaling and Root Planing”

With the aid of a specialized instrument, the hygienist uses scaling to eliminate tartar that is present above or below the gum line. Following that, the tooth roots’ rough regions that harbor bacteria are thoroughly removed using root planing.

Professional dental cleaning: The dentist cleans the teeth of plaque and tartar during the dental inspection. Depending on the stage of your gum disease, the dentist may advise more frequent cleanings.

Gum Disease Pasadena Texas

Visit our Pasadena, Texas Dental office at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504 or call us today at 713-941-8261.