Brushing, flossing could help prevent cancer

August 21, 2013 6:14:06 PM PDT
Brushing and flossing twice a day may be more beneficial than keeping your smile bright and healthy. It could prevent cancer.

Researchers from the University of Texas found that people with poor oral hygiene had a 56 percent greater risk of developing human papillomavirus, or HPV.

That's the virus known to cause 40 to 80 percent of mouth and throat cancers.

Brushing and flossing on a regular basis may lower the chances of bleeding gums, mouth ulcers and other entry points for HPV.