Humanosity says…It’s long been the holy grail of dental researchers who were looking for ways to save millions of us from a painful trip to the dentist. If the scientists can get this to work in real people and not just the lab, then a future of no more fillings awaits us all.
According to Oral Health Foundation, based in the UK, more than one in four (27%) only visit their dentist when they have a problem and around one in seven (14%) are frightened to visit the dentist. This can often lead to tooth decay going undiagnosed
Statistics published by Public Health England in 2018 found that in England every 10 minutes a child has a decayed or rotten tooth removed.
Although not as extreme as having rotten teeth removed, simplifying the process of repairing tooth enamel could have a huge impact on oral hygiene around the world.
According to the reports the Chinese scientist involved in this research have created a a type of gel that recreate the hardest substance in the human body.
A few drops of the liquid solution can fix all invisible cracks and wear on an ageing molar….The material, calcium phosphate ion clusters, can grow a thin layer of protective shield on teeth, the research showed. The transparent, crystal-like mineral has a structure resembling fish scales and a high mechanical strength – almost identical to the enamel on a human tooth.
The gel is currently been tested in rate and mice and the researchers believe that human trials are 2-3 years away. However the incentive to get this right is huge because according to the World Dental Federation:
Tooth decay affects almost half of the world’s population, costing dental patients in the United States and European Union a combined US$200 billion annually, according to the World Dental Federation.