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    The top 10 dental discoveries of 2017

    Dental research came a long way this year, and some studies stood out above the rest.

     

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    New study shows that oral bacteria can “lasso” onto heart tissues

    A new study has found out how an oral bacterium, Streptococcus gordonii, is able to attach itself to human tissues.

    The bacterium can cause infective endocarditis, a type of cardiovascular disease in which bacteria cause blood clots to form on heart valves. The disease is fatal if left untreated, but even with treatment, the mortality rates are still up to 30 percent. The study is featured as one of the “Editors’ Picks” in the current issue Journal of Biological Chemistry.

    As reported by the University of Bristol, a team from that same university in conjunction with Professor Rich Lamont at the University of Louisville, found that the bacterium creates a molecular “lasso” to pull itself toward human tissue. 

    Click here to read the full study.

     

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    Laura Dorr
    Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.

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