WXTK Better Health Report: Dental Breakthrough

posted by Walt Perkins - 

I have never met anyone who says they like going to the dentist.

But here’s some news that might change that opinion in the future.

Researchers from the University of Washington say they have developed a convenient and natural product that uses proteins to rebuild tooth enamel and treat cavities.

They say their protein peptide technology is proven to bind onto tooth surfaces and attract calcium and phosphate ions, which theoretically allows new enamel to be deposited on the teeth after each use.

They say that once fully developed, this technology can be used in private and public health settings, as toothpastes, gels, solutions and composites, giving us a safe alternative to existing and dreaded dental procedures.

It would be used mainly as a preventative treatment, much like office fluoride treatments are now, but it may be available over the counter as well.

Whether it could be used to actually treat a cavity is theoretical, I would imagine the cavity would have to be in the early stages.

Still, this is a great step forward for our dental health.

This is Joan Trimble wishing you wellness.

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