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New Treatment for Gum Disease Could Soon Be On the Way

By June 3, 2009

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A new line of antibiotics may be on the way for treating gum disease. Researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) have discovered that selenium could be the key ingredient used to develop antibiotics to treat diarrhea and gum disease.

Selenium is a trace mineral and antioxidant. It is found in many proteins, both bacterial and human cells, known as selenoproteins. Interrupting the way these proteins are made may halt the growth of two super bugs Clostridium difficile (C-diff) and Treponema denticola, both known to contribute to gum disease. According to a press release from UCF, Treponema denticola is one of the leading causes of gum disease and costs individuals thousands of dollars in dental care each year. William Self, Associate Professor at UCF and lead author of the study, is quoted as saying "No one has ever tried this approach, and it could potentially be a source for new narrow spectrum antibiotics that block bacteria that require selenium to grow."

Treating gum disease is paramount. Aside from tooth loss, coronary heart disease , the leading cause of death of men and women in the United States, has been genetically linked to gum disease, along with rheumatoid arthritis and many other serious diseases and conditions. Discoveries such as this are truly welcomed as a possible way to treat gum disease.

June 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm
(1) Scott says:

There has been a direct link between gum disease AND heart disease. Seems as thought there would be more research into this from the entire medical and dental communities.


April 12, 2010 at 1:14 am
(2) Gum dentist alexandria says:

Wow that’s excellent news. According to a recent studies have shown that green tea polyphenols inhibit the growth and cellular adherence of periodontal pathogens and their production of virulence factors. The intake of green tea was inversely correlated with the mean PD, mean clinical AL, and BOP. There was a modest inverse association between the intake of green tea and periodontal disease.

June 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm
(3) dentist vaughan says:

This is a positive finding. There are many adults suffering from gum disease and treatment to date has been quite limited. The use of selenium could be a major breakthrough in the field of periodontology.

June 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm
(4) Toronto Dentist in Etobicoke says:

Shawn, this could be excellent news for those cases of refractory periodontisis. Those are the sever cases that don’t respond to conventional treatment.

It could also be used pre-surgical workup to get the perio health stable prior to major operations.

Unfortunately, the ones who need the most help will continue to stumble along in the shadows outside of the reach of fee-for-service care.

Joe Bulger DDS
Visit my dental blog – Toronto Dentist Smile Blog

February 18, 2011 at 4:00 am
(5) Surgical Dentist PA says:

Gum diseases are really rampant these days. There are patient who suffered gingivitis which is really a common gum disease. Anyway, thanks for your post here. It’s informative and can add up knowledge to each one who reads it.

Anyway, hope this kind of treatment is already practice in such a way we could help those who suffered gingivitis.

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