Research: Dental Caries May Protect Against Head and Neck Cancer

Posted on October 9, 2013

 

Researchers concluded that individuals with cavities in their teeth had a reduced incidence of head and neck cancer, perhaps because of heightened immune activity, according to Medpage Today.

Among 399 patients with head and neck cancer, current or previous dental caries were significantly less common than in 221 individuals without a cancer diagnosis, according to a single-center, case-control study at the State University of New York at Buffalo led by Mine Tezal, DDS, PhD.

"To our knowledge, the present study suggests, for the first time, an independent association between dental caries and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma," Tezal and colleagues wrote online in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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