October 21, 2016 10:30 am Dr. T’s Greenwich Dental Practice Raises Breast Cancer Awareness & Funds
By Dr. George Tsangaroulis Greenwich Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, and it takes center stage every October. Finding anyone whose life has not been touched by breast cancer in some way is nearly impossible. Dr. George Tsangaroulis and his team at Greenwich Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are no exception. The dental practice has a focus on prevention and takes a holistic approach to treating their patients. Good oral health is an important part of overall health and well being. As a health care facility, we are highly committed to increasing breast cancer awareness and supporting research.
This year National Breast Cancer Awareness Month really hit home for us, as one of our patients and long-time friend was recently diagnosed, so we are excited to get involved again this year to help raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer research. On October 25th, we will be hosting a PINK POWER Party from 9 – 5, where we will be donating 5% of production to the Susan G Komen foundation. We are also all in PINK! We are using dental supplies such as pink gloves, masks, cups, and patient bibs, to further promote awareness for the month of October. The company from which we order our supplies donates a portion of the proceeds to fund breast cancer research. We will also be donating to the Breast Cancer Alliance, which will hold their Annual Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich at the end of the month. Our contributions could help lead to the early detection and more precise treatment of breast cancer!
Some Facts: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is a relationship between oral health and breast cancer. Women who had gum disease or missing teeth were 11X more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. 75% of American adults suffer from various forms of gum disease. 40% of those who had chemotherapy have oral symptoms such as sore gums, cavities, mouth infections and dry mouth.
5 Oral Health Tips during Breast Cancer treatment:
1. Use a toothpaste or gum with xylitol
2. Rinse with alcohol-free mouthwash
3. Floss gently
4. Use an extra soft toothbrush
5. Avoid dental treatments 1 week after chemotherapy