Good oral health may reduce the risk of HPV related cancers, said a study published August 23 in the American Association for Cancer Research Journal.
The University of Texas Health Science Center research team believes theirs is the first published study to examine the role of oral health in oral HPV infection. “Overall, this study indicates that poor oral health is an independent risk factor for oral HPV infections. Given that oral hygiene is fundamental for oral health and that it is modifiable, public health interventions may aim to promote good oral hygiene as additional preventive measures for HVP related oral cancers.”
The data included four oral health measures: self rating of overall oral health; presence of gum disease; use of mouth wash to treat dental problems within the past seven days of the survey and number of teeth lost. They examined data on age, gender, marital status, marijuana use, smoking cigarettes and oral sex habits, among others that influence HPV infection.
The good news is, by maintaining oral hygiene and good oral health you can prevent HPV infection and subsequaent HPV related cancers.
At your periodic cleaning and check-up, Dr. Cohen always does an oral cancer screening as part of his exam. For more information, please talk to Dr. Cohen at your next hygiene visit.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) — An infection from a common type of mouth bacteria can contribute to colorectal cancer, a new study suggests.
The bacteria, called Fusobacterium nucleatum, can attach to colon cells and trigger a sequence of changes that can lead to colon cancer, according to the team at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.
The researchers also found a way to prevent the bacteria from attaching to colon cells.
“This discovery creates the potential for new diagnostic tools and therapies to treat and prevent the cancer,” lead investigator Yiping Han said in a university news release.
The findings show the importance of good oral health, said Han, a professor of periodontics. She noted that levels of F. nucleatum are much higher in people with gum disease.
Although the study found a possible association between oral infection and colon cancer, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
The study was published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, which also contained another study from a different research group showing how F. nucleatum can speed the accumulation of cancer cells.
By Jesse Dennehy, CSDA Membership and Professional Services Manager
According to the 2013 Visa Tooth Fairy Survey, the average compensation children receive for their teeth increased by 23% this year to $3.70. According to their survey children in our region (Northeast) led the nation with an average of $4.10 per tooth. In comparison the average amount children out West received was $3.70 per tooth, while kids down South received $3.60 and Midwestern children reportedly received $3.30.
While the Tooth Fairy was not available for comment, experts have asked us to remind children reading this article that fairies are fickle creatures. The actual amount of money paid by this pixie can vary. For example, 33% of children visited by the Tooth Fairy received a dollar, while 36% received a dollar or less and a lucky 10% received more than five dollars per tooth. So it can be hard to predict what the ToothFairy will leave for you.
Visa has created a new Tooth Fairy app and Facebook calculator to help parents and health care professionals learn more about the amounts that comparable households have found under their children’s pillows. These free tools can look at a variety of demographic factors including gender, age, home state, family size, marital status, family income and education levels.
Finally, pursuant to our established anti-trust policy we wish to remind you that this data should not be shared with competing mythical creatures or used to engage in any price fixing within the tooth exchange market. This information is intended for entertainment purposes only.