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September 17, 2012

Report: Japan tooth patch could be end of decay

Topics: Health Issues, International News

Dentists use to think creating artificial enamel was only a dream, but apparently it could be within reach:

AFP - Scientists in Japan have created a microscopically thin film that can coat individual teeth to prevent decay or to make them appear whiter, the chief researcher said.

The "tooth patch" is a hard-wearing and ultra-flexible material made from hydroxyapatite, the main mineral in tooth enamel, that could also mean an end to sensitive teeth.

"This is the world's first flexible apatite sheet, which we hope to use to protect teeth or repair damaged enamel," said Shigeki Hontsu, professor at Kinki University's Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology in western Japan.

Don't get too excited though ... practical dental treatment could be five years away.

Posted by Richard at September 17, 2012 3:41 PM

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