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    Decline of the dentist's drill? Drug helps rotten teeth regenerate, trial shows

    Decline of the dentist’s drill? Drug helps rotten teeth regenerate, trial shows

    Need for fillings could be reduced in future as study reveals natural ability of teeth to repair themselves can be enhanced using Alzheimer’s drug

    Hannah Devlin Science correspondent
    Monday 9 January 2017 05.00 EST

     

     

    Dentists have devised a treatment to regenerate rotten teeth that could substantially reduce the need for fillings in the future.

    The therapy works by enhancing the natural ability of teeth to repair themselves through the activation of stem cells in the soft pulp at the centre.

    Normally, this mechanism is limited to repairing small cracks and holes in dentine, the solid bulk of the tooth beneath the surface enamel. Now scientists have shown that the natural process can be enhanced using an Alzheimer’s drug, allowing the tooth’s own cells to rebuild cavities extending from the surface to the root.

    Prof Paul Sharpe, who led the work at King’s College London, said: “Almost everyone on the planet has tooth decay at some time – it’s a massive volume of people being treated. We’ve deliberately tried to make something really simple, really quick and really cheap.”

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    1. This sounds fantastic. Hope we get access to it.

    I was thinking that a lot of things like this come out of Britain – things that would not cost much, and would benefit the people who cannot afford medical/dental care.  I think one reason is that with the National Health, the incentive is to find cheaper and/or more effective ways to help people, whereas here in the US the first, second, third, and fourth considerations are profit.  Followed by how would it affect existing infrastructure – equipment, materials, expensive drugs and courses of treatment.

    Peoples’ actual health really is not even on the list.  Sorry, but it is not.  People needing health care is a profit center.

    You think the only reason that people won't vote for a warmongering Third Way fracking-enabling cluster bomb throwing H-1B increasing lying pandering corporate and Wall Street shill who says she has no problem putting abortion rights on the table is because we are mad about Bernie?  Um, nope.