Poor oral health including dental problems and gum disease, is an independent risk factor for oral HPV infection, Cancer Prevention Research journal publish, and in addition, could be the reason for oral cancer.


According to the research of University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston on more 3,400 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey participants vary from 30 to 69. There is 56% higher rate of HPV infection for people who were reported poor oral health than those whose mouths were healthy, and people who suffered from gum disease and dental problems had a 51% higher HPV risk than those who didn’t have these issues.

Dr. Maura Gillison, Ohio State University’s professor who studies HPV infections in the head, throat and neck said oral cancers as well as other sexually transmitted diseases connected with virus only emerged about five years ago.

More than 2,370 new cases of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers are diagnosed in women and about 9,356 are diagnosed in men daily in the United States. While tumors associated with tobacco have been declining, the highest rates of HPV-related throat cancer is white men, contributing a recent increase in HPV-related oral cancers overall.

Close-up of young female having her teeth examinated
Close-up of young female having her teeth examinated

Public health campaigns faced problems in addressing a sexually transmitted virus and that can be the barrier. For example political and social refuse to vaccinating young girls as the childhood vaccination schedule’s part led to slow uptake of the inoculation though the most common forms of HPV already had two vaccines available after 2006.

The theories that the shot would enhance promiscuity among pre-adolescents, and the immunizations caused serious side effects such as fainting as well as contributing to mental disorders are proved unfounded. Safety of the vaccines and the lack of heightened sexual activity among vaccinated girls are verified.

It is very important to know that the HPV vaccines can lower infection rates and lead to the prevention not just cervical cancer but oral cancers, too since there is no scientifically proven way of testing for oral HPV at the moment.

According to study author Thanh Cong Bui, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, by maintaining good oral hygiene and good oral health, one can prevent HPV infection and subsequent HPV-related cancers since the risk factor is modifiable, even without a shot.


Brushing also brings other health benefits. Good oral health may also prevent other conditions such as the gum disease gingivitis, which can cause heart disease. A healthy mouth may also be a sign of a healthy body.