Researchers are developing a vaccine to treat severe gum diseaseor peridontitis.
Periodontitis, which causes gums to bleed and teeth to fall out, is an infection resulting from the build-up of particular bacteria that is common to most mouths. The best prevention is brushing and flossing.
But a cure for the disease is now a step closer after a Melbourne research team signed a development deal with drug companies CSL and Sanofi Pasteur, reports The Age.
Scientists from the University of Melbourne say the boost from the drug company means that human trials of the vaccine could start within a few years.
Dr Neil O'Brien-Simpson, head of the vaccine project at the university, said that he hopes the vaccine could eventually be standard in every dental clinic.
The vaccine is being tested in animals, and should move to humans if the results prove positive.