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HPV...how it can affect your mouth

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Here's a good reason to take care of your teeth. Poor dental health like inflamed gums or sores in the mouth could put you at greater risk of oral HPV.

That's according to a new study at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center.

Researchers surveyed more than 3,000 adults, and found people with those kinds of problems were linked to a more than 50% increased risk of HPV infection in the mouth.

That's a big deal, because that virus increases the risk for warts in the mouth or throat, or worse… oral cancer.

Other risk factors for oral HPV infection include smokers, marijuana users and anyone with multiple partners.

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