Dental visits and head and neck cancer

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This review of a link between past dental visits/check-ups and the incidence cancers of head and neck includes 38 studies the majority of which are case-controlled studies. The findings suggest that those are irregular of never attenders are more likely to have head and neck cancer.

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No evidence to support or refute the practice of six-monthly dental check-ups

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Having your teeth regularly examined by a dentist seems to have been recommended back as far the 18th Century (Richards 2002) and subsequently the six-monthly visit became de rigueur.  The scientific basic for this interval was challenged by Sheiham in 1977  and there has subsequently been much debate about the clinical and cost-effectiveness of recall [read the full story…]