Proper mouth hygiene may prevent oral HPV infections, study finds

August 22, 2013 7:16 AM

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Proper mouth hygiene may prevent oral HPV infections, study finds

People may be able to avoid contracting oral HPV if they practice good mouth hygiene, according to a new study from Cancer Prevention Research.

Poor oral health has long been associated with an increased risk for oropharyngeal (head and neck) cancers, though it has never before been linked to increased rates of human papillomavirus infection, according to study authors Christine Markham and Thanh Cong Bui.

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