Brushing your teeth really is important! Study connects cancer causing HPV with poor dental health

Swollen gums, bad breath and cavities aren't the only consequences of poor oral health. According to a recent study titled, "Examining the Association between Oral Health and Oral HPV Infection" by Cancer Prevention Research, throat and mouth cancer causing strains of HPV are more easily transmitted among individuals with bad brushing habits.

HPV is a virus that causes cancers of the cervix, mouth and throat. Among people who self rated poorly in dental health, a connection was round with the presence of the cancer causing HPV.

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