Connection Between HPV and Oral Health

Oral HPV or human papilloma virus is linked to a variety of oral lesions, oral cancers, and oropharyngeal cancers. HPV is one of the most commonly transmitted sexual infections. In fact nearly all sexually active adults will be infected at some point in their lives. While tobacco linked squamous cell carcinoma is decreasing, head and neck cancer linked to HPV infection is actually increasing. It is especially worse in young adults and adolescents. Utilizing the vaccine prior to the start of sexual activity in children will help prevent infection, and an annual screening at your dentist will help diagnose an cancers.