Ritesh Bhattacharjee was working as a dental oncologist in India when he met Raktim Bhattacharya, Ph.D., a Texas A&M associate professor in aerospace, electrical and computer engineering at the Dwight Look College of Engineering. In the course of their conversation, they discussed lockjaw—the inability to open the mouth widely—that resulted from radiation therapy for head and neck cancer.
Could antioxidants heal wounds of the mouth? Their health benefits in fighting free radicals and preventing diseases have been well documented. One company, Periosciences in Dallas, wanted to test the theory that, in the right concentrations, antioxidants might heal oral lesions and wounds. But what concentrations and combinations of antioxidants would work?