More Evidence of Poor Oral Health Leading to HPV

If a person needed more incentive to maintain good oral health, now he or she has it.

The American Association for Cancer Research concluded that poor oral health leads to the human papilloma virus infection. HPV produces about 40 to 80 percent of oropharyngeal cancers.

The study appears in Cancer Prevention Research, the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Certain Bacteria Aids in Periodontal Treatment

Researchers may have discovered a new way to effectively treat periodontitis patients.

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of chronic periodontitis patients indicated that Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis can improve efficacy by 53 percent.

The information appears in the online publication Journal of Clinical Periodontology. The study included 30 patients.

The goal of the study was to analyze the impact of Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis on scaling and root planing, some of the basic treatment for chronic periodontitis patients.

Stomach Cancer Detection in the Dental Office

The UCLA School of Dentistry recently received 5 million dollars in funding from the National Institutes for Health to study biological markers in saliva to detect stomach cancer.

There are hopes that this study could advance salivary diagnostics, potentially leading to evidence that saliva can be used to detect other types of cancer, such as pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer, as well as diabetes.

The ultimate goal is this: Patients give a saliva sample at the dental office, have it analyzed within minutes, and then are able to find out if they are at risk for stomach cancer.

Hospital Responds to Dental Issues Reported in ER

Hospital emergency rooms across the United States are seeing twice as many patients with dental pain as they were in 2000, according to a recent statement from the ADA.

One hospital in Maine, Waldo County General Hospital, was seeing a number of patients returning with the same issue time after time. As a result, the Belfast, Maine-based hospital opened a dental clinic.

The clinic helps the hospital by alleviating the extra staffing hours needed to treat dental emergencies, and helps patients get the comprehensive care they need.

Cause of Colorectal Cancer May Stem From Mouth Bacteria

There may be a newly discovered cause of colorectal cancer.

Two new studies indicate that a type of gut bacteria located in the mouth can cause colorectal cancer as a result of influencing the immune response and turning on cancer genes. The research team thinks this information could result in more efficient ways to diagnose, treat and possibly prevent colorectal cancer.

The information from the two studies appears in the August 14 issue of the online journal Cell Host & Microbe.

The gut contains trillions of bacteria, which outnumber the number of cells in our bodies. The microbe communities maintain their health by training the immune system and aiding in the digestion of food. The down side is that they could cause disease.

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