Of course, that would not be of help to most of the people in this study, the majority of whom were aged 30 or older, said Dr. Dennis Kraus, director of the Center for Head and Neck Oncology at North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute in Lake Success, N.Y.
Oral hygiene, on the other hand, is something we all can pay attention to, Kraus noted. "Taking care of your teeth, taking care of your gums -- it makes sense," he said.
To help keep your mouth healthy, the American Dental Association recommends dental visits at regular intervals determined by your dentist.
Learn more about HPV and cancer from the U.S. National Cancer Institute.
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