Hyun (Michel) Koo

Hyun (Michel) Koo

One professor’s new findings might pave the path to prevent painful infections in young children.
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine’s Hyun (Michel) Koo and colleagues research suggests an aggressive form of tooth decay in toddlers may result from a partnership between a bacterium and a fungus, according to a report in Penn News Today, a University publication.

“Our data will certainly open the way to test agents to prevent this disease and, even more intriguing, the possibility of preventing children from acquiring this infection,” Koo, a professor in Penn Dental Medicine’s Department of Orthodontics, told Penn News Today.

Koo’s collaborators on the study included the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Megan L. Falsetta, Damian J. Krysan and William H. Bowen, among others.

Find out why our Paleolithic ancestors were not plagued by dental plaque (say that five times fast) in the full article at: http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penn-study-suggests-cause-severe-tooth-decay-toddlers