Written by Dentistry Today Friday, 10 February 2012 10:59
Eliminating certain bacteria is the key to preventing gum disease and tooth loss, according to a new study.
The bacterial access key may be a drug target for people who are more susceptible to gum disease. The study was published in the journal Microbiology.
One type of bacteria, Treponema denticola, builds up in communities to develop into dental plaque. This type of plaque generally results in bleeding gums and gum disease. It could eventually lead to periodontitis or tooth loss.