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Genomics to make dentistry more personalized


The next paradigm for dental healthcare will be more personalized, and scientific advances such as genomics will lead the way, according to Dr. Martha Somerman, director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, during a presentation at the American Academy for Dental Research annual meeting. As part of the 2012 Distinguished Lecture Series, Somerman discussed several vehicles that dentistry will use to offer diagnoses that are more precise, tailored to the patient, and, consequently, better able to preempt disease. "What's new about 'The right treatment for the right patient?'" Somerman asked. "Some are insulted by that, asking 'How have we not been doing that all along?' But it's the science that is coming along." Some obstacles do remain, however. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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