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This project is collaborated between The Forsyth Institute (TFI) and The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), and is funded by National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Periodontal Diseases

The diseases collectively termed periodontitis are bacterial infections which begin with inflammation of the periodontium, and can progress to loss of teeth. Untreated infections lead to destruction of the periodontal ligement and alveolar bone. It is estimated that over 49,000,000 people in the United States have some form of periodontitis (Cutler et al., 1995). These diseases are infectious conditions which may progress over several years with episodes of exacerbation and remission. Periodontitis occurs with higher frequency in patients with systemic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, AIDS, leukemia, neutropenia, Crohn's disease, and Down's syndrome (Neville et al., 1995).

This page is created and maintained by Drs. Margaret Duncan, Floyd Dewhirst, and Tsute Chen, Department of Molecular Genetics, The Forsyth Institute .

Last modified on 02/20/2002

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