World-first therapeutic dental vaccine: Periodontitis therapeutic vaccine trials could start in 2018 - (Science Daily via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Study data published in the journal NPJ Vaccines support the feasibility of vaccines for eliminating or reducing the need for surgery and antibiotics for severe gum disease, Science Daily reported.

  • The investigational vaccine is being developed by researchers at the University of Melbourne in collaboration with CSL.

  • Based on the study results, the investigators plan to initiate clinical studies of the vaccine as early as 2018.

  • "We currently treat periodontitis with professional cleaning sometimes involving surgery and antibiotic regimes," remarked study author Eric Reynolds, adding "these methods are helpful, but in many cases the bacterium re-establishes in the dental plaque causing a microbiological imbalance so the disease continues."

  • "We hold high hopes for this vaccine to improve quality of life for millions of people," Reynolds continued.

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