October isn't just National Dental Hygiene Month— it's also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You may be wondering how breast cancer is related to oral health. Periodontal (gum) disease puts you at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, and breast cancer treatment can cause dental issues such as bleeding and inflamed gums, decay and dry mouth. Don't forget to notify us of changes in your health history such as cancer treatment. We'll work with you and your other healthcare providers as a team.