Researchers develop rapid test for periodontal disease



“We believe the device we are prototyping will be the first dental probe capable of identifying periodontal disease in this way,” Professor Albrecht said in a press release. “It will enable rapid and easy detection of periodontitis in a variety of healthcare settings, opening up opportunities for monitoring and early intervention in patients with comorbid conditions, who would benefit most from prompt treatment of periodontitis. “

“The ability to detect and profile disease biomarkers in real time will allow monitoring of disease severity, and in particular the transition between milder and more severe forms of gum disease,” added the Dr Grant. “This will not only benefit dental health, but also reduce costs and capture patients for whom periodontal treatment can, in the long term, be life-saving.”

The researchers recently received funding from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Impact Acceleration Account, and they plan to develop a prototype of the device within a year. In the long term, they hope to develop a probe small enough to insert into interdental spaces, which will allow dental professionals and others to collect saliva and gingival crevicular fluid and measure the progression of periodontal disease.

“If we can achieve our goals, I think we will see significant progress over the next two or three years,” Professor Albrecht told Dental Tribune International.

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