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Study finds another link between oral and general health

There have been many studies carried out over the years that have linked oral health with general health, specifically in relation to heart problems, diabetes and pregnancy.

Now a new study carried out in Sweden has found what appears to be the first established link between poor oral health and breast cancer.

Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden say their research has shown that women are eleven times more prone to suffering from breast cancer if they have poor oral health; specifically if they have absent teeth or gum disease.

Over 3,000 women were involved in the study, which took detailed medical histories on their general and oral health, as well as monitoring which had already suffered from breast cancer and which went on to develop the disease during the research. Forty one of the subjects had breast cancer and many also had oral health problems, leading to researchers coming up with their interesting conclusion.

The chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter has welcomed the research, but says more investigation is needed as this is the first study that has come up with such a link.

Dr Carter said: ‘If future studies can also testify to the link between missing teeth and breast cancer, more has to be done to raise public awareness on the issue. The British Dental Health Foundation has a history of campaigning for better oral health, and the findings presented in the study indicate another clear link between your general and oral health.’

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