Poor oral hygiene could be a risk factor for developing oral cancer, according to research from the University Center for Health Sciences (CUCS) of the University of Guadalajara (UdeG).
The work of dentist surgeon Iroel Alaín Solís Cárdenas revealed that even poor oral hygiene can be more dangerous than smoking and alcoholism, according to his research that followed patients.
He explained that he made a study of 20 people with oral cancer and another 40 healthy ones, to associate and detect the risk factors that could trace a route of prevention of this condition.
He mentioned that patients were also asked if they had the habit of smoking or drinking alcohol and then the information was compared to find out what was the most present characteristic in the analyzed group.
"What we discovered was that poor oral hygiene is indeed a risk factor for squamous cell cancer," he told the National Science and Technology Council Information Agency (Conacyt).
Oral cancer, also known as squamous cell cancer, manifests itself through tumors within the oral cavity or through small lesions that can expand into the neck.
"It is an aggressive cancer that from early stages tends to metastasize, the treatments are mutilating, painful. Many times because of the speed that tends to advance, the treatment cannot be effective. It is necessary to make a timely diagnosis and an adequate prevention."
He added that so far the National Cancer Institute (Incan) does not consider poor oral hygiene as a harmful feature, so, he said, research could nourish data from those institutions.
The research on the relationship of oral hygiene with oral cavity cancer was presented by Solís Cárdenas in his thesis topic to obtain the degree of dental surgeon at the CUCS of the University of Guadalajara.