Taste Genes Predict Tooth Decay, University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University Study

Published: Sep 23, 2010

ScienceDaily (Sep. 22, 2010) — Dental caries is a highly prevalent disease that is disproportionately distributed in the population. Caries occurrence and progression is known to be influenced by a complex interplay of both environmental and genetic factors, with numerous contributing factors having been identified including bacterial flora, dietary habits, fluoride exposure, oral hygiene, salivary flow, salivary composition, and tooth structure. Previous reports have characterized the influence of the genetic variation on taste preferences and dietary habits.

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