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Rinse, spit and detect gum disease
Updated: 12/6/2011 5:00:15 PM

If effective, this tool could be a simple, pain-free and inexpensive way to diagnose gum disease.    Gum disease can be a serious matter, especially if left untreated. According to WebMD, this condition, if it persists, can lead to bone damage in the mouth, lost teeth and some studies suggest it may even influence heart disease. This is one of the many reasons why it's important to visit the dentist regularly to help keep this disorder at bay. 

A researcher from the University of Toronto is working on a simpler method of detecting gum disease in dental patients. Macleans, a Canadian news source, reports that the scientist has created a chemical that will indicate the levels of white blood cells in a persons saliva, which are a marker of infection. All a patient has to do is rinse and spit, and the chemical will turn a varying shade of blue, depending on whether or not they have the disease.

“The degree of blueness tells you the severity,” said researcher Michael Glogauer, M.D. who is working to bring the test to market in Canada and the United States, quoted by the news provider.

If effective, this tool could be a simple, pain-free and inexpensive way to diagnose gum disease.  

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