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New Cures For Inflammation

In medical science it is often the case that researchers looking for some kind of cure or solution end up wit a product procedure or finding that has multiple uses. Often times the intended study ends up a failure only to give rise to an entirely different kind of innovation. The dental implant was, after all the result of a failed experiment in orthopaedics as the titanium screws that were used were meant to secure braces for the legs, and osseointegration was an unintended but very welcome side effect. This time around a cholesterol fighting drug has the unintended side effect of curing gingival inflammations.

Statins

The use of statins has hitherto been solely for the purposes of lowering patients’ cholesterol levels. Statins do this by inhibiting certain enzymes, the ones that produce cholesterol in the liver. Statins are now being used in many areas of science as an enzyme inhibitor and one of the enzymes they can inhibit are the ones that fight off the bacteria in your mouth causing inflammation. 

The Study

In a study carried out at the Department Of Cardiology at Harvard Medical School, the participants were asked to take either 10 or 80 milligrams of statin for twelve weeks coming back at regular intervals for check ups. After just a few weeks dentists saw an improvement in the rates and severity of gum inflammation. This inflammation is also known to correlate to inflammation of the arteries as well, and the statins also lower cases of arterial inflammation as well. 

Controversy

While the clinical trials look really good many doctors are wary of using statins at all. They claim that statins are currently seen as a miracle cure all drug and any advice into the uses of statins should be taken with a grain of salt. They claim that statins are way overused, and are being applied in places where they have no business being, and one of them is in dentistry to reduce gum inflammations. We are going to need more clinical tests to see that no negative side effects can be had from the use of statins, and until then, let’s hope for the best!