The Hypodontia/Cancer Connection
Emily's smile makeover was enough to help her evolve from shrinking violet to the life of the party. Despite the new sense of confidence she has reached, she is cautioned to seek regular screenings for ovarian cancer as hypodontia is considered to be a marker for the condition.
Research conducted by the University of Kentucky (Lexington) and published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (February, 2008, 139 (2): 163â€“9) unearthed the connection. The research suggests that EOC patients are more than eight times as likely to have hypodontia than women not inflicted with the disease.
Despite how rare hypodontia is, women need to be especially cautious if they note problems in their tooth development because of the cancer connection. Unfortunately, that affliction is not the only dental woes that women may subjected to over time.
The fairer sex is also at risk for developing Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, (TMJ). That problem is a "...complex condition that affects the joint connecting your lower jaw to your skull," (1-800-DENTIST). Once those connections become compromised because of trauma, bruxism, arthritis or teeth clenching the pain can make it difficult to chew, can cause neck and headaches and other discomfort. Of all TMJ sufferers, 90 percent are women. Additional dental problems associated with women include burning mouth syndrome and pregnancy gingivitis.
It is important to note that both genders are at risk for a myriad of dental problems if oral hygiene and regular dental visits are neglected. Dental care starts at home with daily brushing and flossing and eating a healthy diet. The process can only be completed with undergoing dental exams and dental cleanings at least twice annually or more if recommended by a dentist. Individuals looking to find a dentist to help minimize any potential dental problems can count on 1-800-DENTIST to connect them with a great dentist in their area.