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J Am Dent Assoc. 2011 Feb;142(2):166-9.

Diet and prevention of oral cancer: strategies for clinical practice.

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Department of Orofacial Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of California, San Francisco, USA. nita.wu@ucsf.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Oral health care professionals can play an important role in preventing oral cancer by performing oral mucosal examinations to detect pre-cancerous changes and by educating patients about oral cancer prevention strategies, including dietary approaches.

CONCLUSIONS:

Current evidence supports a diet high in fruits, vegetables and plant-based foods for prevention of oral cancer. Dietary supplements-including vitamins and minerals-have not been shown to be effective as substitutes for a diet high in fruits and vegetables.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:

In addition to discussing tobacco and alcohol use with patients (and, if relevant, betel nut and gutka consumption), as well as the risk of sexual transmission of human papillo-mavirus, clinicians should provide dietary advice for the prevention of oral cancer as part of routine patient education practices.

PMID:
21282682
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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