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HPV Infection Tied To Poor Oral Health
September 11, 2013

By Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - Infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) has been linked with poor oral health in a new study.

Different strains of HPV cause regular skin warts, genital warts, cervical cancer and some kinds of oral cancers.

Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston did the study. They looked at national data on 3,439 adults, ages 30 to 69.

Compared with uninfected people, those infected with HPV were more likely to:

  • Rate their oral health as poor or fair
  • Report that they may have gum disease
  • Report they have used mouthwash in the last week to treat dental problems
  • Have more missing teeth

The study also found that being male, smoking and having multiple oral sex partners increased the risk of HPV infection. Researchers took these factors into account when looking at the oral health factors, however.

HPV is involved in 40% to 80% of mouth and throat cancers. About 36,000 Americans are diagnosed with these cancers each year. They are more than twice as common in men as in women.

The study appears in the September issue of the journal Cancer Prevention Research.

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