When acids in the mouth form from simple carbohydrates and bacteria, microscopic holes form in your teeth. And when left untreated, these holes can increase in size leading to cavities that can destroy your smile (and give you a major toothache). While good oral hygiene and better eating habits help prevent natural deterioration, there’s still a chance that you could experience early signs of tooth decay. Luckily, there is some good news for anyone in that category. An innovative liquid solution is on the horizon, which may help acid-damaged teeth to regenerate lost minerals.
Traditionally, the only way to correct decay is by having your dentist drill and fill cavities. Early tests now show that a new fluid, developed by researchers at the University of Leeds, contains a peptide called P 11-4 that forms a gel inside the holes in teeth and attracts calcium to aid in natural repair. To amp up your teeth’s capabilities of closing up these holes, your dentist simply paints the solution on affected teeth. Test trials showed that the peptide was successful in regenerating tooth tissue to reverse existing damage from early decay within as little as a month.
It’s important to note, however, that in order to reverse damage, it has to be caught very early. For those prone to cavities, the new solution is anticipated to be available in the U.S. in 2-3 years.
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