Dee for Dentist is going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month! We came across this great infographic from DentalPlans.com about the link between breast cancer and oral health. While dental care is usually the furthest from peoples’ mind when undergoing cancer treatment, it is actually even more important to stay current with hygiene visits.
According to a post from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America:
Several types of cancer treatments are associated with oral side effects, including chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation and radiation to the head and neck. These treatments can slow or stop the growth of new cells, limiting the ability of oral tissue to repair itself. What’s more, some cancer treatments can upset the healthy balance of bacteria in the mouth, which can lead to mouth sores, infections and tooth decay. Finally, radiation to the head and neck can directly damage and break down oral tissue, salivary glands and bone. – click here to read entire post.
So if you haven’t done it in a while, take some time today and do your self-exam for breast cancer (if you’re not sure what to do, click here for instructions).