PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Jeffrey Burgess, DDS
, is a retired dental professional who is passionate about the field. He wholeheartedly believes in the importance of good oral hygiene, and enjoys educating others about its benefits. Over the course of his career, he has published countless articles on the subject. Now, Dr. Burgess is speaking out on a new article
that shows a link between poor oral hygiene and cancer risks.
A new study shows that people with swollen gums, missing teeth, and other signs of poor oral hygiene are more likely to become infected orally with the human papillomavirus (HPV). This sexually transmitted virus can lead to cancers of the mouth, throat, and cervix. The new research, which was recently published in Cancer Prevention Research, is the first study of its kind to link the infection and poor oral health.
Though the findings are significant in the dental field, the researchers note that the study is still too new to allow them to say with full confidence that regular brushing and flossing can, in fact, prevent oral HPV infection. Doctors are calling it a "modest association" at this point in time.
Dr. Sol Silverman, a professor of oral medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, believes that the findings highlight yet another downside to poor oral hygiene due to a "possible association between poor to fair oral health and the presence of the human papillomavirus, which is known to cause several diseases."
Scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston took a look at data from on both high and low-risk oral HPV infection and oral health in 3,439 adults who were ages 30 to 69. The study found that males who smoked and had multiple oral sex partners were more likely to contract HPV. However, the study also found that the odds of having an oral HPV infection were 55 percent higher among those subjects who reported poor to fair oral health.
About 25,000 of these cases occur each year in the Untied States. About 25,000 of these cases occur each year in the Untied States.
Christine Markham, the second author of the paper, explains, "What we think might be happening is if you have poor oral health--ulcers, gum inflammation, sores, lesions, or any openings in the mouth--that might provide entry for HPV. We don't have sufficiently strong evidence to demonstrate that conclusively in the study, but that's our thinking."
"This information is certainly important to note, and requires further research from scientists. However, even in its early stages, these facts should be understood and considered by dental professionals and patients alike," notes Jeffrey Burgess, DDS.
Jeffrey Burgess, DDS, is an accomplished dentist, writer, and photographer. Throughout the course of his career he has published a number of articles pertaining to dentistry. He is a graduate of Seattle University, and earned his DDS from the University of Washington Dental School in 1973. He was a post-doctoral fellow in pain and anesthesiology from 1985 to 1987, and also published several articles during this time.