Dentistry of the future may include epigenetic analysis

| | March 10, 2014
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Researchers from the University of Adelaide’s School of Dentistry say a visit to the dentist could eventually require a detailed look at a patient’s genes.

The researchers believe that this field of epigenetics will have a big role to play in the future of dental hygiene.

“Our genetic code, or DNA, is like an orchestra – it contains all of the elements we need to function – but the epigenetic code is essentially the conductor, telling which instruments to play or stay silent, or how to respond at any given moment,” co-author Associate Professor Toby Hughes said in a statement.

He said in terms of oral health, epigenetic factors help orchestrate healthy and unhealthy states in our mouths.

Read the full, original story: Dentists May One Day Utilize Genetic Technique For Dental Care

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