Oral Health and Cancer - Is There a Connection?
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Poor oral health and lack of dental care could be independent risk factors for upper-aerodigestive tract cancer, according to a new study published in Oral Oncology. A total of 1,962 patients with incident cancer of the oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, larynx or esophagus and 1,993 control patients were questioned regarding their oral health and dental care habits, as well as known risk factors of smoking, alcohol drinking, medical conditions, and socioeconomic status. Even controlling for these risk factors, patients with poor oral health and dental care habits had an increased risk for these cancers. Most surprisingly, patients who used mouthwash >3 times per day also had a greater risk of developing these cancers.
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