Welcome to The Dental Center in Belize
Welcome to The Dental Center in Belize. Our goal is to provide you with the best dental experience possible.
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We pride ourselves in providing quality dentistry by using only the most current methods, materials and equipment.
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Our clients can expect the highest level of professionalism and skill from our team.
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We are confident that we can make your visit as comfortable as possible.
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We want you to know that we believe you deserve thorough, personalized attention... EVERY TIME!

Quality Dental Care For The Whole Family

The Dental Center is a family-operated dental clinic. We are committed to delivering the finest dental care from our family to your family. We provide dental treatment to patients of all ages, beginning as young as 6 months old.

Our dentists and staff are thoroughly experienced in all aspects of general and family dentistry, including cosmetic orthodontics & implant dentistry.

Our Doctors

Dr. Pedro Habet

Dr. Jorge Habet

Dr. Luis Hernandez

Office Hours

Monday - Friday:

8:00am - 6:30pm

Saturday:

8:00am - 12:00pm

2604 Mercy Lane, Belize City, Belize

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The Jaw Is Also A Casualty When Bacterium Causes Gum Disease

The newly discovered bacterium that causes gum disease delivers a one-two punch by also triggering normally protective proteins in the mouth to actually destroy more bone, a University of Michigan study found.

Scientists and oral health care providers have known for decades that bacteria are responsible for periodontitis, or gum disease. Until now, however, they hadn't identified the bacterium.

"Identifying the mechanism that is responsible for periodontitis is a major discovery," said Yizu Jiao, a postdoctoral fellow at the U-M Health System, and lead author of the study appearing in the recent issue of the journal Cell Host and Microbe.

Jiao and Noahiro Inohara, research associate professor at the U-M Health System, worked with William Giannobile, professor of dentistry, and Julie Marchesan, formerly of Giannobile's lab.

The study yielded yet another significant finding: the bacterium that causes gum disease, called NI1060, also triggers a normally protective protein in the oral cavity, called Nod1, to turn traitorous and actually trigger bone-destroying cells. Under normal circumstances, Nod1 fights harmful bacterium in the body.

"Nod1 is a part of our protective mechanisms against bacterial infection. It helps us to fight infection by recruiting neutrophils, blood cells that act as bacterial killers," Inohara said. "It also removes harmful bacteria during infection. However, in the case of periodontitis, accumulation of NI1060 stimulates Nod1 to trigger neutrophils and osteoclasts, which are cells that destroy bone in the oral cavity."

Giannobile, who also chairs the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the U-M School of Dentistry, said understanding what causes gum disease at the molecular level could help develop personalized therapy for dental patients.

"The findings from this study underscore the connection between beneficial and harmful bacteria that normally reside in the oral cavity, how a harmful bacterium causes the disease, and how an at-risk patient might respond to such bacteria," Giannobile said.