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Protein plays key role in infection by oral pathogen

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Scientists at Forsyth, along with a colleague from Northwestern University, have discovered that the protein, Transgultaminase 2 (TG2), is a key component in the process of gum disease. TG2 is widely distributed inside and outside of human cells. The scientists found that blocking some associations of TG2 prevents the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis (PG) from adhering to cells. This insight may one day help lead to novel therapies to prevent gum disease ...

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Smokers’ taste buds ‘do not allow them to taste bitterness of coffee’

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Though conventional pairing has cigarettes and coffee going together, researchers have found that the toxic chemicals in tobacco may hamper taste bud regeneration, resulting in smokers not being able to adequately taste the bitterness of their regular cup of joe.

The researchers, led by Nelly Jacob of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital APHP in France, published results of their study in the journal Chemosensory Perception.

They note that tobacco’s chemicals are already known to cause a ...

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Genetic signature reveals new way to classify gum disease

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A new system for classifying periodontal disease has been devised based on the genetic signature of affected tissue, rather than on clinical signs and symptoms. The new classification system, the first of its kind, may allow for earlier detection and more individualized treatment of severe periodontitis, before loss of teeth and supportive bone occurs.

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have devised a new system for classifying periodontal disease based on the ...

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Antibacterial agent boosts toothpaste effectiveness

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Regular use of fluoride toothpaste containing triclosan, an antibacterial agent, and a copolymer, which helps prevent the triclosan from being washed away by saliva, reduces plaque, gingivitis, and bleeding gums and slightly reduces tooth decay compared to fluoride toothpaste without those ingredients, finds a new review in The Cochrane Library.

“We are very confident that adding triclosan and copolymer to a fluoride toothpaste will lead to additional benefits, in terms of less plaque, ...

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Dental Implants And What To Expect

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Dental Implants And What To Expect

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Dr. Claiborne is one of the top dental implant specialist in Virginia . We are going to explain the procedure for you . A dental implant is a surgically placed titanium screw which can hold a tooth or several teeth in place.  . After the surgical placement of the dental implant, the process of ossentegration occurs and the surrounding bone and implant surface fuse together. The dental implant acts ...
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How Important Are Routine Cleanings And Check-Ups?

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How Important Are Routine Cleanings And Check-Ups?

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Good oral hygiene is very important and not just for cosmetic reasons . Your health is number one on our list . Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and the list goes on. Regular check ups and cleanings can prevent these problems .They will also  provide you with momentum for your own personal hygiene at home. This is a great way to prevent- ...

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