A study recently published in Cancer Prevention Research, is the first to document a ?modest association? between the incidence of HPV and poor oral health, based on self-reported data.
Another study, the results of which were published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease earlier this year, demonstrated that "a known chronic oral-pathogen-related virulence factor reaching the human brains suggests an inflammatory role in the existing Alzheimer's disease pathology."
So now we add two more to this list of afflictions that have been, to some degree, associated with periodontal disease--and thus poor oral health---and thus, perhaps, poor oral hygiene. And yet is appears that despite the best efforts of oral health professionals shouting from the mountaintops, many folks aren't getting the message. Caries remains the number one childhood "disease" and periodontitis is rampant.
I know.....what if we could only log onto Facebook if we brushed after every meal? We couldn't watch "The Walking Dead" unless we flossed twice a day, every day? Or we had to visit a dental professional at least every 6 months in order to access our mobile phone service?
Anyway, check out the two studies (one deemed a little inconclusive and one fairly definitive), and add them to your ammunition for talking to patients about taking good care of their mouths. Or maybe just make something up...........Whatever it takes, right?