Over 48 thousand people in the U.S are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, causing over 9,575 deaths, or roughly 1 person every hour. (Oral Cancer Foundation, 2016)
PREVENTING TOOTH DECAY
Although largely preventable, about 50% of children in America still suffer from caries (tooth decay); the rate is even higher in under-served populations. Worldwide, 60–90% of children and nearly 100% of adults have tooth decay. (NIDCR, WHO, 2012)
Are working at UIC to improve treatment of oral cancer, caries, peridontal and other oral diseases. They are also working on new biomaterials and methods to regenerate dentin and enamel, moving science one step closer to regenerating an entire human tooth.