Think Pink: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Did you know? October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In addition to your routine dental hygiene exams, it’s important to make sure you visit your primary care doctor and perform self-exams to help with early detection.

How does breast cancer affect your dental health?

If you need dental work done, it’s best to have this completed prior to cancer treatment to minimize the risk for an oral infection that may suppress your immune system. You dentist understands and cares about your health and well being and can guide you in the best course of action prior to your breast cancer treatment.

If you are undergoing treatment, you may develop complications that affect your mouth such as dry mouth, inflamed gums, and even an increase in cavities.

It’s imperative to keep up with your oral health care routine to minimize bacteria buildup.

Studies have suggested that gum disease may increase your risk of breast cancer. Gum inflammation is not something to be ignored, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms such as red, tender gums when you floss or brush.
This month take time to take care of yourself – whether you are in treatment or cancer free. Toledo’s best dentist Dr. Frankle is here to assist you. Our office is here to schedule your cleaning or a personal consultation to go over any questions.