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Healthy mouth bacteria provide ideal conditions for gum disease

from ScienceDaily

Normal bacteria which live in our mouths provide the catalyst for the development of gum disease, a debilitating condition that leads to painful gums and the loosening of teeth, new research from Queen Mary, University of London has found. The unexpected finding could pave the way for the development of preventative measures in tackling gum, or periodontal disease, by manipulating the normal bacteria in the same way that probiotic yogurt works to protect the intestine. Researchers at Queen Mary's Blizard Institute, including Medical Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellow Mark Payne, worked with scientists in the U.S. and published their findings in the journal Cell Host and Microbe. more


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