Tooth Loss Can Be Prevented With Patient Specifc Oral Care

A recent study performed by researchers at the University of Michigan, offered new insights into the correlation between number of annual dental cleanings and tooth loss resulting from the gum disease periodontitis. By evaluating dental claims data from over 5,000 adult patients who had received regular preventative care check-ups for 16 straight years and comparing them to three specific risk factors (smoking, diabetes and interleukin-1 genetic variations), the researchers were able to determine each patient’s risk for progressive periodontitis and offer them a personalized preventative care dental plan.

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