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Date:9/9/2008

arch may transform the future of oral care."

"If successful, this would be a huge step forward in the dental and general health of our nursing home patients as well as their quality of life," said John Voytas, M.D., a geriatric medicine specialist who is leading the research at Beaumont. "It also would reduce costs associated with dental problems such as cavities and more serious conditions."

About Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus casei

There are approximately 700 types of bacteria in the human mouth. While most are harmless, two of the most common - Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) and Lactobacillus casei - are considered the primary culprits in tooth decay. They live in a biofilm (plaque) that adheres to the teeth, consume sugar and release acid that erodes tooth enamel, causing decay. Regular brushing and flossing, along with dental checkups, can help to keep S. mutans and Lactobacillus casei in check.

About Delta Dental

The affiliated companies of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee and Indiana are collectively one of the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2007, the enterprise paid out nearly $1.8 billion for dental care for more than 6.2 million enrollees. Offices are located in Okemos and Farmington Hills, Mich.; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; Lisle, Ill.; Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis, Tenn.; and, Indianapolis and Greenwood, Ind.

About Delta Dental's Research and Data Institute

The Research and Data Institute was established in 2005 to develop innovative and scientifically based dental benefits that improve health. The institute, which has the world's largest database of dental claims information, works closely with researchers from the University of Michigan, UCLA and other leading universities in the United States.

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