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Periodontitis and Gingivitis remain an unmet medical need affecting 9,691,000 
patients per year.

CURRENT THERAPIES ARE LIMITED PROPHYLACTIC & NOT INTERVENTIONAL
●    Systemic antibiotics: penicillin, tetracycline, erythromycin, polymyxin B, 
	 kanamycin, metronidazole and spiromycin – risk of antibiotic use.
●    Quaternary ammonium compounds (benzethonium chloride and cetylpyridinium 
	 chloride with side effects of ulcerations and pain).
●    Phenolic compounds – thymol, eucalymtol, methyl  salicylate, benzoic acid 
	 and boric acid – unclear long term value.
●    Chlorhexidine gluconate, bitter to taste, stains teeth.

All of the above therapies are inadequate due to a required high degree of patient 
compliance and a lack of efficiency.

PHARMACOECONOMIC COSTS of PERIODONTITIS & GINGIVITIS
●   21.535 million visits by adults 21-64 years of age for general dentistry in 2004 1
●   2.154 million of these adults had chronic periodontal disease 2 with gum pocket 
	depths of greater than or equal to 4 millimeters. These patients have 10% or 
	greater bone loss with Grade I-III looseness of teeth.
●   7.537 million adults have mild gingivitis 2 with gum pocket depths 
	between 3 & 4 millimeters with bleeding gums upon probing with visual signs of 
	inflammation.
●   These 9.691 million patients do not have treatment plans that include a 
	“simple first step” to reverse periodontal disease.
●   Orafate™ provide a “Simple First Step” for the reversal of periodontal disease 
	the prevention of tooth loss.

References
1. Manski, R. J. and Brown, E. Dental Use, Expenses, Private Dental Coverage, and 
	Changes, 1996 and 2004. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and 
	Quality; 2007. MEPS Chartbook No.17.
	http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/cb17/cb17.pdf
2. Dye BA, Tan S, Smith V, Lewis BG, Barker LK, Thornton-Evans G, et al. Trends in 
	oral health status: United States, 1988–1994 and 1999–2004. National Center for
	Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 11(248). 2007.




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