New Breakthroughs in Gum Disease Treatment

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Image of p.gingivalis property of Tsute Chen, Ph.D. Assistant Member of the Staff Department of Molecular Genetics The Forsyth Institute 140 Fenway, Boston, MA

While patients at Beadnell Family Dentistry can always count on the highest quality of dental care, support, and treatment– we also know that not everyone in our community has access to regular oral health care. That’s why Hillsdale dentist Dr. Beadnell and team are invested in learning about new research and news that can change dental health for everyone, including those who may not have the same advantages.

Here’s new research we think is interesting

Scientists may have discovered a new way to prevent gum disease.

Approximately 65 million adults in the United States are affected by some form of gum disease. The most severe form of gum disease, which causes loss of bone in the jaw and compromises tooth support, is called periodontitis.

The Bad Guys:

The bacterium porphyromonas gingivalis (bacteria that cause gum disease, or PG for short) is one of the leading micro-organisms causing gum disease. This tiny tooth nemesis hides in those hard-to-reach corners of your mouth and if it grows and multiplies, can cause chronic inflammation and serious bone and other health damage. In fact, researchers have now found that the inflammation caused by PG is correlated with atherosclerosis: hardening and narrowing of the arteries, as well as rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease.

The good guys:

Fortunately, research is coming out to combat PG. Now scientists at Forsyth Institute have discovered a potential new way of preventing gum disease by targeting a protein marker on human cells called TG2. By blocking bacteria from accessing this protein, scientists believe that they may be able to stop PG from ever attacking human cells in the first place. This won’t help people with current periodontal disease, but it can prevent future sufferers!

In further good news…

Research consistently shows that regular tooth care and dental visits are the best way to prevent PG from ever becoming a problem. Also, as patients of Dr. Beadell are already well aware, flossing in addition to brushing is a major component of maintaining dental health!

Are you interested in learning about the amazing advancements in dental health? So are we! Schedule your next appointment at Beadnell Family Dentistry, and let’s compare notes!

Want to learn more? Visit your Hillsdale dentist of choice!

This landmark study was led by Dr. Heike Boisvert, Assistant Member of the Staff, Department of Microbiology at Forsyth, in collaboration with Dr. Laszlo Lorand from Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School and Dr. Margaret Duncan, Senior Member of Staff at Forsyth. It was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on March 24, 2014. You can read about this study on their website by clicking here.

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