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J Cancer Prev. 2018 Jun;23(2):77-81. doi: 10.15430/JCP.2018.23.2.77. Epub 2018 Jun 30.

Oral Health of Korean Patients With Head and Neck Cancer.

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Department of Dental Hygiene, College of Science & Technology, Kyungpook National University, Sangju, Korea.
Department of Preventive Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.
Department of Dental Science, Yonsei University Graduate School, Seoul, Korea.



Association between periodontitis and of head and neck carcinoma was suggested. In the present study, we evaluated the oral health status of patients with head and neck carcinoma and analyzed the relationship between cancer characteristics and oral health.


Oral health of 40 patients with head and neck carcinoma was examined. Decayed teeth, missing teeth, plaque index, gingival index, and probing depth were measured. Cancer type and site were recorded based on the patients' medical records.


The average age of participants was 60.10 ± 8.99 years, and 35 of participants were male. The decay or missing teeth index was 5.43 ± 5.57, and the plaque index, gingival index, and probing depth were 1.37 ± 1.03, 1.57 ± 0.84, and 4.13 ± 1.45, respectively. These indexes showed no significant difference according to the type or site of cancer (P > 0.05).


This study showed that there was no correlation between oral health parameters and characteristics of head and neck carcinoma.


Head and neck cancer; Oral health; Periodontal diseases

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CONFLICTS OF INTEREST No potential conflicts of interest were disclosed.

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