Could the next generation of preventive and restorative care be closer than you think? From simple solutions to groundbreaking treatments, these cutting-edge options can lead to a healthier, younger-looking smile and may actually reverse existing damage.
The Invisible Plaque Detector: Available now
X-rays and observation alone can miss some of the first hard-to-detect signs of tooth decay. But, if discovered early enough, any minor damage that’s caused by excessive plaque can be treated and potentially reversed by remineralizing the enamel. QLF Online combines blue light technology and a camera with computer imaging to expose invisible plaque. Researchers at The University of Liverpool and Inspektor Research Systems recently won a Medical Futures Award for creating this unique system that allows dentists to spot plaque before it’s visible to the naked eye.
The system uses qualitative light-induced fluorescence (QLF) technology to light up the teeth and highlight plaque and decay. Digital images are captured wirelessly onto smartphones and computers and can be further examined via special software.
An Antioxidant Gel for Gums: Available now
Designed to safeguard the gums and improve their appearance, when the aqueous AO ProVantage gel is applied to the gums the tissues become flooded with antioxidants to counteract free-radical damage, which can result from nicotine, alcohol and even hydrogen peroxide found in common tooth-whitening products.
Powerful antioxidants, including phloretin and ferulic acid, and essential oils, give AO ProVantage a benefit in the oral care arena—as well as acting as a healing aid after cosmetic dentistry procedures. Similar to the effect antioxidants provide to the skin, when used directly on the gums they boost the cells’ ability to promote healthy and rapid self-healing.
A Peptide That Promotes Tooth Regeneration: Anticipated to be available in the U.S. in about two years
When acids in the mouth attack the delicate enamel of the teeth, microscopic holes form. When left untreated these holes can increase in size leading to cavities. This innovative liquid solution 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 capability 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 tooth decay within as little as a month.
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