If you’re like most people who tend to over indulge when it comes to the occasional sugary sweet, you may have found yourself seated in your dentist’s office being chastised over a newly formed cavity. Cavities are formed when bacteria dissolves the enamel coating around the tooth, and in the past this often meant painful drilling, numb cheeks and an expensive bill to boot. This may all be in the past however, as scientists based out of the University of Leeds in England may have found a new and unique solution to prevent tooth decay. A research team at the university has developed an amino acid-based toothpaste that acts as a strengthening scaffold that supports new growth. Using the scaffold as a support structure, calcium ions are attracted to the site to rebuild enamel, thereby reversing the effects of decay. Patients around the globe who fear the pain associated with dental procedures will certainly prefer this new method of regrowth. Similar techniques using stem cells have been developed, but the use of an amino acid paste cuts out the cost and controversy associated with stem cell use.
It is important to note however that even thought the paste has been tested and proven to show regrowth, some drilling is still required to remove the decay in the tooth so that the paste can be applied. Many dentists still use toxic mercury compounds to fill cavities, which can have adverse effects on the body, such as kidneys and neurological system. Using this paste will help to eliminate many risks associated with mercury fillings. Even though the treatment will not completely eradicate the need for regular check-ups, it will certainly make them more pleasant.
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