There’s not a whole lot to like about fillings, what with the prodding, scraping and jabbing and all. And that’s before the drill even comes out (followed by the bill at the end). Tending to our cavities might one day be a much more comfortable experience, with scientists discovering that a type of Alzheimer’s drug can actually stimulate stem cells within the tooth pulp to promote natural repair instead.
A new chemical could make human teeth ‘cavity proof’ – and do away with the need for visits to the dentists forever.
The chemical was designed by dentists in Chile, and wipes out all the bacteria that cause cavities in just 60 seconds in tests.
The chemical could be added to any current dental care product, turning toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gum into ‘super cleansers’ that could get rid of the underlying cause of tooth decay.
By exterminating the bacteria, ‘Keep 32’ prevents the damage to teeth before it happens.
Using a product containing the chemical keeps your teeth ‘cavity proof’ for several hours.
The product has been under test for seven years, and is now going into human trials.
The chemical could even be added to foods to stop bacteria damaging teeth as you eat.
The researchers hope to licence the patent to chemical giants such as Procter and Gamble.
‘We are currently in talks with five interested in investing in our project or buy our patent,’ say the researchers.
Attribution: Mail Online