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Brushing and flossing regularly could cut risk of cancer

(ABC)If you're one of those rare people who brush and floss *twice a day you're dentist probably loves you.
But, could it be *decreasing your risk of cancer as well?
Can a toothbrush help fight cancer?  It may sound far fetched, but researchers now think that good oral hygiene - simple brushing and flossing-- may help prevent infection with Human Papillomavirus, HPV.

That's the virus known to cause 40 to 80 percent of all mouth and throat cancers - increasingly, in men.  University of Texas researchers looked at data from a large national survey to see how well people took care of their mouths - and how that compared to their chances of oral infection with HPV.

They found those with worse oral health had a 56 percent higher prevalence of HPV infection - and with it, presumably, a higher risk of mouth and throat cancer.

All because good oral hygiene would lower the chances of bleeding gums, mouth ulcers and other entry points for HPV.

Another reason to smile as you brush.
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