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Study Ties Poor Oral Hygiene To Cancer-Causing HPV


People with swollen gums, missing teeth and other signs of poor dental health are more likely to be infected orally with the human papillomavirus, researchers reported on Wednesday. HPV, a sexually transmitted virus, causes cancers of the cervix, mouth and throat. The new study, published in Cancer Prevention Research, is the first to document a link between the infection and poor oral health, but other experts noted that the research found only an association and relied mostly on self-reported data about oral health. It is too early to say with confidence that brushing and flossing regularly can prevent oral HPV infection, they said. Dr. Maura L. Gillison, a professor of medicine at Ohio State University, who was not involved in the study, is quoted.

New York Times