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New discovery may advance dental care
Updated: 1/14/2009 5:00:22 PM

New discovery may advance dental care Scientists have found a clue to the origin of periodontal pain and dental surgical pain which may lead to more treatments or procedures to increase dental health.

The study, conducted at the Oregon Health & Science University's School of Dentistry, discovered a connection between a peptide know as Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) and the development of the trigeminal nerve, a sensory nerve that is also involved in some motor functions such as biting, chewing and swallowing.

Because of that, the trigeminal nerve communicates periodontal pain and dental surgical pain to a person's brain.

The new research has found a relationship between the trigeminal nerve communications and with the peptide NGF, which promotes the transport of the sensory messages between the nerve cells.

"This study has broad implications for trigeminal nerve regeneration," said Dr Agnieszka Balkowiec, the senior author of the study.

Periodontal pain comes from a group of diseases that affect the tissues in the mouth providing support and anchor for teeth. If a person leaves the condition untreated, it can lead conditions such as Gingivitis and trench mouth.

Those interested in avoiding periodontal diseases may want to get regular dental care from their dentist to achieve optimal dental health.

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