NIDCR News 2020

Making more durable fillings that can withstand the tough environment of the mouth takes some chemical ingenuity. Research supported by NIDCR is addressing the challenge.
An NIDCR-supported study uncovered a new role for nerves in oral cancer progression. Tumors send messages that transform neurons into cancer-promoting agents; targeting this crosstalk could lead to more effective cancer treatments.
Whether it’s saliva, insulin, or sweat, we rely on our secretions. It matters that just the right amounts of just the right proteins go where they should. Secretory failures lead to diseases, including dry mouth disorders.

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