Thanks to one doctor's research, people suffering from periodontal disease may receive better treatment in the future.
The International Association for Dental Research has recognized the efforts of Dr. Lior Shapira and awarded him the 2009 Basic Research in Periodontal Disease Award.
Shapira's research focuses on the mechanisms of the inflammatory responses in periodontal diseases and their products at the cellular and molecular levels. He has also investigated the connection between periodontal infections and other conditions affecting the body.
The award, which will be officially presented at the 87th General Session & Exhibition on April 1, 2009 in Miami, brings with it a monetary prize and plaque. It's given to "recognize, encourage and stimulate outstanding achievements in basic research in periodontal disease," according to the association's website.
The condition is caused by bacteria left on the surface of the tooth and, if left untreated, can lead to loss of teeth.
Dentists and dental health organizations have recommended people adhere to a regular routine of teeth cleanings and flossing to avoid developing the condition.
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