Gum Disease News and Research

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Gum disease or periodontal disease is an infection caused by bacteria under the gum tissue that begin to destroy the gums and bone. Teeth become loose, chewing becomes difficult, and teeth may have to be extracted. Gum disease may also be related to damage elsewhere in the body; recent studies point to associations between such oral infections and diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and preterm, low-weight births. Research is underway to further examine these connections.
Estrogen therapy can lead to healthier teeth and gums in postmenopausal women, study suggests

Estrogen therapy can lead to healthier teeth and gums in postmenopausal women, study suggests

Study discovers how gut bacteria interacts with microRNAs to promote colon cancer growth

Study discovers how gut bacteria interacts with microRNAs to promote colon cancer growth

Common bacterium that causes gum infections may trigger rheumatoid arthritis

Common bacterium that causes gum infections may trigger rheumatoid arthritis

New research suggests only 12% of older Americans have dental insurance

New research suggests only 12% of older Americans have dental insurance

Research validates effectiveness of world-first dental vaccine

Research validates effectiveness of world-first dental vaccine

Exposure to e-cigarette vapor destroys large number of mouth cells

Exposure to e-cigarette vapor destroys large number of mouth cells

New study highlights detrimental effects of e-cigarettes on oral health

New study highlights detrimental effects of e-cigarettes on oral health

SWAT team of immune cells linked to low infection rates after cleft lip and palate surgery in infants

SWAT team of immune cells linked to low infection rates after cleft lip and palate surgery in infants

Columbia researchers discover genes that may cause gum disease

Columbia researchers discover genes that may cause gum disease

Bacteria in smokeless tobacco products linked to opportunistic infections

Bacteria in smokeless tobacco products linked to opportunistic infections

Research opens door to new class of treatments for gum disease

Research opens door to new class of treatments for gum disease

Researchers chart microbial ecology of the mouth at all stages of gum disease progression

Researchers chart microbial ecology of the mouth at all stages of gum disease progression

Cigarette smoke promotes bacteria colonization, immune invasion

Cigarette smoke promotes bacteria colonization, immune invasion

Specific oral microbiome linked to pancreatic cancer risk

Specific oral microbiome linked to pancreatic cancer risk

FDA expands campaign to educate rural, white male teens about dangers of smokeless tobacco use

FDA expands campaign to educate rural, white male teens about dangers of smokeless tobacco use

Bacteroidia pilins prevalent in human gut and mouth form new type of pili to cling to hosts

Bacteroidia pilins prevalent in human gut and mouth form new type of pili to cling to hosts

Antimicrobial silicon nitride holds promise as therapeutic aid for treating periodontitis

Antimicrobial silicon nitride holds promise as therapeutic aid for treating periodontitis

Better oral hygiene, regular dental visits could slow down cognitive decline in older adults

Better oral hygiene, regular dental visits could slow down cognitive decline in older adults

Periodontitis linked to greater rates of cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease patients

Periodontitis linked to greater rates of cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease patients

P. gingivalis could be a novel risk factor for esophageal cancer

P. gingivalis could be a novel risk factor for esophageal cancer