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New gum disease treatment to prevent and reverse complications involves key immune system component

from Medical Daily

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have discovered a potential new method for gum disease treatment, a new study reports. If successful, the treatment could prevent, halve, and even reverse the effects of the disease periodontitis. Researchers believe their method, which involves a key component of the immune system, known as the "complement system," may offer a non-invasive, therapeutic form of relief. They relied on prior research that found the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis recruits the immune system to inflame the gums surrounding the bacteria. more

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