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Preventing gum disease before it starts

from Penn Current

When the population of bacteria in our mouths gets out of whack, inflammation and bone loss can ensue — a disease of the gums called periodontitis. Nearly half of American adults have this condition, which, when severe, can lead to systemic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. A collaboration among researchers from the School of Dental Medicine and the Perelman School of Medicine may hold out some hope for a promising treatment, resulting in a new target for preventing and possibly reversing periodontitis: a molecule that makes up a part of our own immune arsenals called complement. more

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