Recent researches postulated that oral and teeth hygiene can have serious impact on triggering cancer. Poor dental health especially in people using alcohol and tobacco products may contribute to an increased risk of cancer, especially oral cavity cancer.
The question is that, to what extent poor oral hygiene should develop to increase the risk of cancer? There are some theories, first of all, people with a poor condition in teeth and gum are more susceptible to an oral virus which leads to mouth and throat cancers. Moreover, oral diseases caused by poor oral hygiene instigate inflammation. Cancers are thought to be triggered by infections and inflammation in which connection researchers behind this particular study thought that there could be an association between plaque levels and eventual cancer mortality.
Furthermore, statistics show that more than 3,400 U.S. adults, having “poor” to “fair” oral condition were more likely to have an oral infection with Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which in certain cases can eventually lead to cancer.
In conclusion, there is no proven way to completely prevent cancer. However, necessary measures are taken for maintaining oral hygiene which could lower risk of cancer.