Periodontal Disease and Oral Cancers

Periodontal disease has been linked to many severe health conditions including diabetes and heart disease. Researchers in Germany appear to have found a correlation between periodontal disease and a type of oral cancer. Recently published in the journal Head and Face Medicine, the study found … [Read more...]

Poor Oral Health Increases Risk for HPV Infection

A recent study completed by the University of Texas Health Sciences Center found that poor oral health is a risk factor for oral infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). People who reported poor oral health had a 56% increase in the risk of HPV infection of the mouth or throat. HPV infection … [Read more...]

Oral Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life

Oral cancers are on the rise and an oral cancer screening can save your life. Dentists perform oral cancer screenings as part of a regular dental checkup. Our mouths and throats are vulnerable to cancers but the good news is that many cancer and pre-cancerous lesions in the oral cavity - … [Read more...]

Skip Your Dental Cleaning And You Are Skipping Health Benefits

Skipping your regular dental cleaning means skipping out on several things that will benefit your overall health. Most of us go to the dentist at least once a year. A survey by the Centers for Disease control found that 71% of women had their teeth cleaned in 2008. That still leaves about 30% of … [Read more...]

When Was the Last Time You Were Screened for Oral Cancer?

A British study reported that almost 90% of dental patients would like to be checked for oral cancer during their visits. Despite that number less than 20% of those surveyed said that their dentist had talked to them about the risks and symptoms of oral cancer. Hopefully dentists in the US are doing … [Read more...]