Study shows possible link between poor oral hygiene and HPV
SUMMARY: An initial study shows the possible link between proper oral hygiene and HPV.
Posted: August 21, 2013
The health of the mouth says a lot about the entire wellbeing of the body. Swollen gums, tooth decay and bad breath are all signs of a poor diet and oral health regimen. A new study published in Center Prevention Research found a link between HPV and poor oral health. While the research shows only an initial association between the two, it suggests that the presence of the virus coupled with poor oral hygiene can cause cancers of the cervix, mouth and throat.
The study conducted at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston looked at data from low- and high-risk HPV infection in patients as well as their oral health. Researchers focused on 2,439 adults between the ages of 30 and 69 who participated in the 2009-10 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. After controlling for smoking and the amount of sex partners, the initial study found that people were 55 percent more likely to have an HPV infection if they also had poor oral hygiene.
"It's the first paper linking self-reported measures of poor oral hygiene and an oral HPV infection," Dr. Maura L. Gillison, a professor of medicine at Ohio State University, who is independent of the study, told The New York Times. "It's a strong paper because it's a first, but does it have public health significance? Should people change their behavior? I would say no."
However, Christine Markham, who was the second author of the study, noted that while there isn't significant evidence, it does lead to some concerns. People with poor oral hygiene are likely to be more prone to lesions, canker sores or bleeding gums, which provide an entry way for the HPV virus to enter the body.
The study is enough to question the productivity of your oral health regimen. Brushing, flossing and using alcohol-free mouthwash will strengthen the teeth and gums to treat canker sores and other openings in the mouth. When brushing, make sure to floss properly to get rid of the dental plaque that builds up around the gum line and causes the gums to detach from the tooth. This is one of the first signs of gum disease.
If you are unsure of your oral health, consider adding a probiotic, like TheraBreath Multi-Symptom ProBiotics into your daily routine. This supplement works against the bacteria in the mouth that create issues like bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay by using good bacteria. The blend of BLIS K12 can create colonies of good bacteria in the mouth within 30 days. As an all-natural solution to oral health issues, these probiotics are simple to use and can even prevent issues before they arise.