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How general dentists and periodontists can provide personalized preventive care for patients

from DentistryIQ

The study "Patient Stratification for Preventive Dental Care" recently published in the Journal of Dental Research, provides unique insight into the future of dentistry and personalized healthcare. Conducted at the University of Michigan, the study accessed 16 years of claims data of more than 5,000 patients and looked at tooth loss related to three risk factors: IL-1 genotype, diabetes and smoking. A careful review of each patient's health history was performed and each patient underwent genetic testing (via a check swab sample) to determine his or her genetic susceptibility to periodontitis based on the presence of the IL-1 gene, which has been associated with an increased risk of periodontitis. more

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