Ann Arbor, MI — December 18, 2014 — A dental hygiene graduate student who received her master’s degree in dental hygiene earlier this month, has received an award for her research on gingival bleeding and oral hygiene in women with a bleeding disorder that affects the blood’s ability to clot.
Stefanie Marx received a Graduate Student Research Forum Award from the Russell W. Bunting Periodontal Society for her investigations into von Willebrand Disease, an inherited bleeding disorder that is estimated to be present in one percent of the population.
Marx’s research suggests that gingival bleeding in women with the disease is more likely due to the presence of bacterial plaque than the severity of the bleeding disorder. Her study also revealed that more frequent oral hygiene instruction of those with the disorder resulted in less plaque buildup and less gingival bleeding.
A faculty member in the school’s dental hygiene program, Marx teaches and plans to continue her research on the relationship between bleeding disorders and oral health.