DNA Tests Could Help Prevent Gum Disease



A new study by the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry is using DNA to predict gum disease.

Gum disease impacts roughly 19 out 20 people at some point throughout their life. The best way to avoid it is by following basic oral hygiene procedures.

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry will study the DNA of about 4,000 volunteers over the course of a year.

In some places like Great Britain, these types of DNA tests are unpopular because insurance companies could look down upon a poor DNA test and raise rates as a result. Americans, however, don’t have to worry about these issues because of the Genetic Information, Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits these practices.

Since many precautions are taken to educate people about gum disease and treat gum disease, this DNA research could be extremely beneficial. It could lead to innovative ways to treat gum disease or possibly even prevent it.

As of now, there are no magic ways of preventing gum disease aside from taking care of your teeth and gums and living a healthy overall lifestyle.