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Squid Ink Could One Day Be Used to Test for Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common oral condition that affects an estimated 64.7 million American adults, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This new study shows that dentists could one day eliminate one of the tools used to test for gum disease thanks to the innovative use of squid ink.

Today, dentists check patients for gum disease using a tool that measures the depth of pockets around each individual tooth, said Dr. Bryan Schwartz, DDS, of Whole Healthy Biomimetic and Biological Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

"Healthy gums should have pockets of no more than 3 millimeters deep," he said. "Using a periodontal probe, we measure the pockets around each tooth to determine the depth in order to diagnose gum disease."

New Study Shows Innovative Way of Diagnosing Gum Disease

Engineers from the University of California San Diego have discovered that squid ink could help dentists in the future diagnose gum disease without the use of probes. Published in the Journal of Dental Research, their research involves using a mixture of food-grade squid ink, water and corn starch as a rinse in order to create a contrast agent for imaging via a photoacoustic ultrasound. This works because the melanin nanoparticles found in squid ink absorb light and get trapped in the pockets.  

The Importance of Diagnosing Gum Disease 

"The most important reason for early diagnosis of gum disease is the fact that damage is reversible during the early stages," said Schwartz. "Once the disease reaches the advanced stages, called periodontitis, much of the damage cannot be undone."

According to the American Dental Association, 47 percent of adults over 30 in the United States suffer from advanced-stage gum disease. As the pockets between the teeth and gums deepen, gum tissue and bone begin to deteriorate. Periodontitis is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. In addition to tooth loss, the American Academy of Periodontology says that gum disease could also be linked to diabetes, heart disease and even some forms of cancer.

"Gum disease is about more than the immediate, visible repercussions of the disease," said Schwartz. "The inflammation can affect the entire body. The big thing to remember is that it’s preventable with consistent, effective oral hygiene practices and regular trips to the dentist."

Those who believe they may be at an increased risk for gum disease should see their dentist for checkups as often as recommended for their individual situation. Some risk factors for gum disease include but are not limited to tobacco use, medication causing dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, heredity, stress, nutrition and diabetes.

 

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