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New treatments for periodontal disease

from DentistryIQ

Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease that results from the multifaceted interaction between bacteria found in the microbial biofilm and factors initiated by the host response. The pathogenic bacteria colonize on the tooth surface and in the gingival sulcus. A variety of systemic and local antibiotics and antimicrobial products are used to control the bacterial aspect of the disease; however, the host response is thought to be the most important activity in the breakdown of connective tissue and bone, which are key features of the disease process. The inflammatory process in its acute phase is a positive event; however, as inflammation becomes chronic, the very process that is meant to protect our bodies actually destroys it. more

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