HPV-related oral cancer rates up 60%; a better way to treat WSLs?

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

The evidence pointing to a link between the human papillomavirus (HPV) and oropharyngeal cancer continues to mount.

A new study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit says HPV may be to blame for the alarming increase of young adults with oropharyngeal cancer. Researchers there examined trends in cancers of the base of the tongue, tonsils, soft palate, and pharynx among people 45 years old and younger and found an overall 60% increase from 1973 and 2009 in these cancers in this demographic. Read more in this latest Oral Cancer & Diagnostics Community feature.

In other news, Sarrell Dental -- the Alabama-based nonprofit that provides oral care for low-income children on Medicaid -- is teaming up with the DentaQuest Care Group to find ways to improve oral health across the U.S. by providing more access to dental care.

Meanwhile, researchers at Michigan Technological University and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry are using nanotechnology to improve the form and function of dental implants. They say that coating the implants with titanium dioxide nanotubes can help battle infection, improve healing, and make the implants last longer.

And over in the Cosmetics Community, can anything effectively reduce the appearance of white-spot lesions (WSLs) following orthodontic treatment? Yes, according to a study in the current Journal of the American Dental Association. Click here to read what technique the study authors recommend.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that Sirona Dental is once again sponsoring the DrBicuspid.com Imaging & CAD/CAM Community, which will help us continue to provide you with news and education on these technologies and their growing adoption in dentistry.

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