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Dean Featured in Televised Health Segment

Linda C. Niessen, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.P.P., the College’s Dean, discussed the existence of a “cavity gene” in a televised Health Beat news item that aired on multiple NBC affiliates around the United States.

In the segment, Niessen said she is increasingly convinced there is a cavity gene. “Dental research is showing us that, in fact, some people are much more prone to tooth decay or dental cavities than others,” she said. “We saw it increasing in adults ages 21 to 64, and we saw it in adults over age 65.”

Niessen also discussed how early and regular checkups can actually be lifesaving. “An infection in the mouth can, in fact, lead to an infection in the bloodstream, which can lead to death,” she said.

The segment, produced by Ivanhoe Productions with the help of the NSU Division of Public Relations and Marketing Communications, can be viewed here.