Health Matters

Your Teeth and Your Health

Fighting the risks of oral cancer.



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Why is it important to practice good dental hygiene? Dr. Bhavna Lall, an internal medicine physician and faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine explains the risks and ways to prevent oral cancer.

“Simple habits can lower the risk of oral cancer, including brushing, flossing and getting regular oral health screenings. Good oral hygiene can also help prevent a variety of infections, especially in those who have underlying certain type of underlying heart conditions.”

“There are certain lifestyle behaviors, including smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco or betel quid, or drinking alcohol which increase the risk of oral cancer. Infections with certain types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) can also increase the risk.”

“In addition, in diabetics due to elevated blood sugars, there can be a higher risk of periodontal (or gum) disease.”

“Remember to visit your dentist and medical doctor regularly.”

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