Drug May Guard Against Periodontitis & Related Chronic Diseases

A drug currently used to treat intestinal worms could protect people from periodontitis, an advanced gum disease, which untreated can erode the structures — including bone — that hold the teeth in the jaw.

Current treatment for periodontitis involves scraping dental plaque, which is a polymicrobial biofilm, off of the root of the tooth.

Oxantel inhibits this growth by interfering with an enzyme that bacteria require for biofilm formation, says corresponding author Eric Reynolds, of the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Periodontitis affects an estimated 30-47 percent of the adult population with severe forms affecting 5-10 percent. It also increases the risks of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and dementia.

From: http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/health_medicine/dentistry/~3/HHw8Ue99Obw/131108112248.htm

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