According to research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention postmenopausal women with periodontal disease are more likely to develop breast cancer.
Periodontal disease has now been found to be linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes and various forms of cancer. Periodontal disease ranges from simple gum inflammation to causing tooth loss. Scientists have suggested that inflammation is the link between the diseases.
Risk factors for periodontal disease include genetic predisposition, smoking and hormonal changes in girls and women, which can make gums more sensitive so that it is easier for gingivitis to develop.
People with reduced ability to fight infection due to diseases such as diabetes or treatment for cancer are also prone. Medications that limit the flow of saliva can also leave the mouth vulnerable to infections.
Regular brushing, flossing and cleaning by the dentist can help to prevent it.