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Poor oral health may be associated with cancer causing HPV infection
Poor oral health may be associated with cancer causing HPV infection (August 21, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From Texas - Poor oral health may be associated with cancer-causing HPV infections, according to a report published in Cancer Prevention Research. Researcher studied nearly 3,500 adults taking part in a long term study. Researchers reviewed data on participant's oral health--overall oral health, presence of gum disease, use of mouthwash to treat dental problems and number of teeth lost--and looked for the presence of low or high risk HPV types. Results showed that being male, smoking cigarettes and marijuana, and oral sex habits raised risk of an oral HPV infection. As well, overall oral health was found to be an independent risk factor for oral HPV--regardless of whether participants smoked or had multiple oral sex partners.
 
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