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Fewer trips to the dentist? NYU College of Dentistry wins 2023 STAT Madness with a gel to treat gum disease

It started with mice molars and a hunch.

The New York University College of Dentistry team that won 2023’s STAT Madness competition developed a gel that could eventually replace painful cleanings for gum disease. The gel blocks receptors for a metabolite called succinate, reducing bone loss and inflammation and also changing the makeup of the bacteria found in the mouth.

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