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Diagnostic chewing gum

teeth health smile dentistA chewing gum-based diagnostic is currently being developed to detect bacterial inflammation in people who have had a dental implant.

Key takeaways:

– A small proportion of people who receive a dental implant develop inflammation around the teeth and gums

– Early detection is vital to prevent serious complications such as bone loss

– A diagnostic chewing gum has been developed that releases a bitter taste if inflammation is present – the patient can then visit their dentist for confirmation and receive treatment

“Chewing gum rapid tests for other medical applications are presently under development.”

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