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What can teeth tell us about mental health?

Just like the rings of a tree, teeth form in layers and create a fossilized record of our lives. If teeth capture evidence of our early life experiences, could they be used to predict health outcomes? Forsyth scientist Dr. Felicitas Bidlack is studying this phenomenon in collaboration with Dr. Erin Dunn, an assistant professor at […] (Jun 22, 2020)

Visualizing microbes that live on the tongue

A community of microbes arranged in colonies on the human tongue form what scientists refer to as a biofilm. In a paper published recently in Cell Biology, Forsyth Institute researcher Gary Borisy and his colleagues describe these different types of oral bacteria and provide a stunning visual representation of where they congregate. “Bacteria on the […] (May 07, 2020)

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Forsyth Institute’s COVID-19 Policy Update

The Forsyth Institute considers the health, safety, and well-being of all in our community as our top priority. Currently, the situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak remains fluid and continues to evolve meriting both proactive and reactive management on the part of our leadership team.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely on an […] (Mar 24, 2020)

Elyse D. Cherry elected Chair of the Board of the Forsyth Institute

Cambridge, MA—Elyse D. Cherry, Chief Executive Officer of BlueHub Capital, was elected Chair of the Board of the Forsyth Institute, the only independent research institute in America specializing in oral health and its impact on overall wellness. Cherry takes over the Chair position for Peter Nessen, a long-time supporter of Forsyth and President of Corporate […] (Mar 17, 2020)

Differences in human and non-human primate saliva may be caused by diet

Humans are known to be genetically similar to our primate relatives. But major differences can be found in our saliva, according to new research by scientists at the Forsyth Institute and the University of Buffalo. The study, published recently in Molecular Biology and Evolution, describes the discovery that human saliva is much more watery than the saliva […] (Oct 31, 2019)

Uranium toxicity may be causing high rates of obesity and diabetes in Kuwait

Kuwait has some of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the world, and scientists don’t know why. This question was addressed by Dr. Max Goodson, Emeritus Professor at the Forsyth Institute. Goodson is the principal investigator of a large-scale study that analyzed diet, salivary bacteria, salivary protein biomarkers, and salivary metabolites of 10-year-old […] (Jul 08, 2019)

Boston Bruins and Forsyth Institute partner to provide mouthguards for high school athletes

The Boston Bruins hockey team has partnered with the Forsyth Institute to provide custom mouthguards to student athletes at Lynn Classical High School for the spring sports season. Athletes from the baseball, softball, and lacrosse teams will be invited to have an impression taken for a custom mouthguard in the school’s colors. Student athletes will […] (Jun 18, 2019)

Forsyth researchers help develop new treatment approach that may prevent root canals

The prospect of a root canal induces dread in almost anyone. More than 41,000 people undergo the notoriously painful procedure each day. But what if there was a treatment that used the body’s own cells to reverse decay and prevent the need for a root canal altogether? In a study published recently in Frontiers in Immunology, […] (Apr 03, 2019)

Forsyth clinic contributes to research on gum disease and Alzheimer’s

Could plaque in our gums be linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease? That’s the finding from a new study published recently in the journal Science Advances, in which researchers examined brain tissue samples from 53 patients with Alzheimer’s. The research team was looking for toxic enzymes known as gingipains. Gingipains are secreted by bacteria called P. gingivalis, which […] (Mar 25, 2019)