Brushing, flossing could help prevent cancer
August 21, 2013 (WLS) -- Brushing and flossing twice a day may be more beneficial than keeping your smile bright and healthy. It could prevent cancer.
Researchers from the University of Texas found that people with poor oral hygiene had a 56 percent greater risk of developing human papillomavirus, or HPV.
That's the virus known to cause 40 to 80 percent of mouth and throat cancers.
Brushing and flossing on a regular basis may lower the chances of bleeding gums, mouth ulcers and other entry points for HPV.
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