Written by Dentistry Today Monday, 06 June 2011 11:05
A University of Louisville research team may have made a breakthrough it aiding dry mouth.
The findings of Douglas Darling, PhD, professor, Department of Oral Health and Rehabilitation, University of Louisville School of Dentistry could help people whose salivary glands don’t function because of a disease or some form of treatment. The research team pinpointed a protein-sorting mechanism that the salivary gland uses.
The study is published on the Web site for the Journal of Dental Research.
This information could lead to more research for patients with damaged salivary glands, which often result from any kind of radiation treatment, prescription drugs or Sjogren’s Syndrome. Sjogren’s Syndrome is an immune system disorder that results in a dry mouth and dry eyes.