Tooth Loss and Lack of Regular Oral Hygiene Are Associated with Higher Risk of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention (Impact Factor: 4.13). 12/2008; 17(11):3062-8. DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-08-0558
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We tested the association between tooth loss and oral hygiene and the risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) in people living in a high-risk area of Iran. We used a case-control study of pathologically confirmed ESCC cases (n = 283) and controls (n = 560) matched on sex, age, and neighborhood. Subjects with ESCC had significantly more decayed, missing, or filled teeth (DMFT) with a median (interquartile range) of 31 (23-32) compared with controls 28 (16-32; P = 0.0045). Subjects with ESCC were significantly more likely than controls to fail to practice regular oral hygiene (78% versus 58%). In multivariate-adjusted conditional logistic regression models, having 32 DMFT compared with < or = 15 conferred an odds ratio (95% confidence interval) of 2.10 (1.19-3.70). Compared with daily tooth brushing, practicing no regular oral hygiene conferred an odds ratio (95% confidence interval) of 2.37 (1.42-3.97). Restricting the analysis to subjects that had never smoked tobacco did not materially alter these results. We found significant associations between two markers of poor oral hygiene, a larger number of DMFT and lack of daily tooth brushing, and risk of ESCC in a population at high risk for ESCC where many cases occur in never smokers. Our results are consistent with several previous analyses in other high-risk populations.

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    • "It has also been demonstrated that an increase in tooth-brushing frequency results in lower serum concentrations of CRP (C-reactive protein) and fibrinogen [38]. Moreover, individuals who brushed their teeth daily had a reduced risk of EC compared to individuals with poor oral hygiene [24], [28]. However, to our knowledge, the present study is the first to report the protective effect of professional dental prophylaxis for EC. "
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    ABSTRACT: Background Periodontal disease (PD) is one of the most common chronic inflammatory diseases. Esophageal cancer (EC) is also a common cause of death due to cancer among males. Systemic inflammatory processes have been shown to increase the risk of cancer. We conducted a retrospective cohort study to investigate the association between PD and EC. Methods A total of 718,409 subjects were recruited from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) and followed from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2010. Of these, 519,831 subjects were diagnosed with PD and were grouped according to the most advanced treatment they received: dental prophylaxis, intensive treatment, or no treatment. The IRs of EC were compared among groups. Results A total of 682 patients developed EC, resulting in an overall IR of 0.11 case-number per 1000 person-years (‰/y). The dental prophylaxis group had a significantly lower IR of EC (0.06‰/y) than other groups (p<0.001). Multivariable Cox regression analysis further revealed that male subjects [hazard ratio (HR) = 10.04, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 7.58–13.30], as well as a history of esophageal ulcers (HR = 7.10, 95% CI = 5.03–10.01), alcohol abuse (HR = 5.46, 95% CI = 2.26–13.18), or esophageal reflux (HR = 1.86, 95% CI = 1.02–3.52), were factors associated with a higher risk of EC. And the dental prophylaxis group showed a significantly lower risk for EC (HR = 0.53, 95% CI = 0.44–0.65). Further subgroup analysis showed that the dental prophylaxis group among males had a significant lower risk (HR = 0.54, 95% CI = 0.44–0.66) for EC, while that of the females did not has statistically significant difference. Conclusion For this cohort, subjects received dental prophylaxis reduced the risk of EC compared to all PD and no PD groups among males.
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    • "Several risk factors have been proposed for the development of ESD and ESCC, including genetic susceptibility (Akbari et al, 2007, 2011), poor oral health (Abnet et al, 2008), exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (Abedi-Ardekani et al, 2010), drinking hot tea (Islami et al, 2009c), and low socioeconomic status (Islami et al, 2009a). Some of these risk factors are modifiable and preventable, but others are not, suggesting that primary prevention may be only partially successful. "
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    • "Although several risk factors have been suggested, the major factors contributing to ESCC in those high-incidence areas are yet to be established (Kamangar et al, 2009). An association between indicators of poor oral hygiene and ESCC has been reported in several studies from very high-risk areas of China (Abnet et al, 2001, 2005b) and Iran (Sepehr et al, 2005; Abnet et al, 2008b), and from other areas including Latin America, Europe, and Japan (Guha et al, 2007; Hiraki et al, 2008). However, a few studies have not supported this association (Abnet et al, 2005a; Michaud et al, 2008). "
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