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'Smart tooth' detects periodontitis

from Dentistry Today

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the School of Engineering & Applied Science are developing “smart tooth” technology that could be used to detect the early signs of certain diseases such as periodontitis and diabetes in high-risk patients by analyzing saliva or gingival crevicular fluid. “Salivary-based biosensors have generated a lot of interest because of their potential for wide applications in medicine,” said Erica Lynn Scheller, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, cell biology and physiology at the School of Medicine. more


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