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Study points to role of sex hormones in higher risk of gum disease in men

from UMB News

Sex hormones may be the biological reason why men are at greater risk than women for destructive periodontitis, according to researchers at the University of Maryland Dental School. To establish better management and risk assessment models for periodontal disease, Drs. Harlan Shiau and Mark Reynolds have published the first comprehensive review of gender differences in the development and progression of the destructive periodontal disease. In a review paper in the Journal of Periodontology, the authors examine evidence for a biologic basis for a sexual dimorphism, or the differences in susceptibility, to periodontal disease between men and women. more


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