Gum spots tooth trou­ble

Pretoria News Weekend - - HEALTH -

CHEW­ING gum can iden­tify those at risk of com­pli­ca­tions after a den­tal im­plant.

After los­ing a tooth, im­plants are now the pre­ferred choice of many. But up to 15% of peo­ple who have one go on to de­velop in­flam­ma­tion that can de­stroy un­der­ly­ing tis­sue and bone.

When prospec­tive pa­tients chewed on a spe­cial gum, de­vel­oped at the JuliusMax­i­m­il­ians-Univer­si­tat in Ger­many, it tasted bit­ter if there was al­ready ac­tive in­flam­ma­tion in their mouth, ac­cord­ing to a study in the jour­nal Na­ture Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The idea is that the source of the in­flam­ma­tion can then be treated be­fore the im­plant is in­serted.

The gum could be avail­able com­mer­cially within three years. – Daily Mail

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