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Study Finds Poor Oral Hygiene May be Linked to HPV

The New York Times’ Well Blog reports on a new study in Cancer Prevention Research that has a found a connection between poor oral hygiene and the likelihood of developing oral human papillomavirus (HPV). Researchers identified several risk factors associated with oral HPV including being male, smoking cigarettes, and having multiple sex partners. However, even after controlling for sex partners and smoking, poor oral hygiene was still linked to an increased likelihood of developing HPV. Although this connection has not been proved to be causal, scientists believe that it may be due to ulcers and cuts that may come from poor oral hygiene, and which may act as an entry point for the virus.

Read the article in The New York Times’ Well Blog.

Read the study in Cancer Prevention Research.