Link Between Human Papillomavirus and Oropharyngeal Cancer

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Human papillomavirus is no laughing matter. This sexually-transmitted disease affects 20 million Americans, and assumes various sinister forms. Though HPV most commonly manifests in the form of obnoxious warts and cysts, some afflicted individuals assume a different sort of risk by displaying no symptoms at all. More recently, studies have revealed a new, equally troubling by-product of the Human papillomavirus.

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Overcoming Dental Phobia and Anxiety

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Most people go to their dentist twice a year for a dental cleaning. There really isn’t much to the procedure. The hygienist simply scrapes away plaque that may have adhered to the surface of the teeth before it can create any damage. After numerous visits, most are able to overcome the apprehension in having a cleaning done, but what about the ‘ifs.’

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Improving Dental Hygiene in Stroke Patients

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Following a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or stroke, patients have many challenges as they recover. Speech, memory, and mobility issues in the aftermath of a CVA are quite common, and increasingly sophisticated therapies have been designed to assist in treating them. But one health issue that’s been neglected in the past is the CVA patient’s oral health. After all, brushing and flossing would not seem to require a great deal of mental or physical effort. But as health care providers have discovered, it’s not as easy for CVA patients to provide basic dental hygiene for themselves as one might think.

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