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Men may be at greater risk to develop gum disease
Updated: 11/8/2010 5:00:22 PM

Men may be at greater risk to develop gum disease Up to 12 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from an advanced state of periodontitis, or gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, a new report indicates that sex hormones may be a contributing reason as to why men are at greater risk for developing this dental problem.

People who suffer from gum disease have significant amounts of inflammation in their mouths. Researchers from the University of Maryland examined how sex steroids affect the immune system's regulation of swelling.

The scientists noted that men are more susceptible to periodontal disease than women and were able to conclude that the difference is genetic. Dr. Harlan Shiau, one of the investigators involved with the study, said that in the most recent findings, "gene regulation, particularly in sex steroid-responsive gene, could likely play a part" in the formation of gum disease.

Shiau also said that men have a heightened innate immune system response compared to women, which provides insight into the differences in regulation and termination of inflammation.

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