New Treatment for Sensitive Teeth?

Saturday, January 12th, 2013, 5:07 pm

Scientists have reported in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials a novel advance toward dealing with sensitive teeth using ideas from Mother Nature.Sedation dentistry allows anxious patients to receive needed treatment at Wilbanks Smile Center.

Teeth that are sensitive to hot, cold, sweet or sour foods and drinks affect a lot of people. Tooth sensitivity tends to increase as we get older and the hard outer part of our teeth, the enamel, and the underlying layer of dentin is worn away. Enamel is lost over time because of acids we consume in substances like soft drinks, energy drinks and sugary snacks. There are special toothpastes and sugar free gums that can help with tooth sensitivity but the researchers wanted to find a substance that would help rebuild both enamel and dentin at the same time.

They turned to a sticky substance that allows mussels to attach to rocks. They believed that the sticky substance could help keep minerals in contact with dentin long enough for the rebuilding process to occur. Otherwise the minerals would wash away in saliva. They performed tests that involved bathing human teeth with worn enamel and dentin in a liquid containing the sticky substance and minerals. The teeth reformed dentin and enamel. However when the teeth were bathed in minerals only, they reformed only the enamel layer.

Rebuilding teeth that have been damaged would help all the people with sensitive teeth but could also be a big step toward reducing tooth decay. Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next appointment.

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