What if Dental Plaque Didn't Stick to Teeth?

Monday, December 6th, 2010, 4:14 pm

Scientists  at the University of Gronigen have unlocked secret of the mechanism that makes dental plaque stick to teeth.  Now that the structure of the glucansucrase enzyme is known, researchers can start looking for substances that combat the enzyme.  Adding those substances to toothpaste, or even food products could help make dental cavities extinct. The results of the study were published in the journal of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dental cavities develop when bacteria attach to tooth enamel.  They then ferment sugars which release acids that dissolve the calcium in the teeth thus causing dental caries (cavities).  The researchers were able to uncover the unique structure of the enzyme by crystallizing glucansucrase.  While the scientists are excited about the future possibilities of their discoveries don’t toss the floss just yet, researcher Lubbert Dijkhuizen feels “it will always be necessary to clean your teeth.”

Brushing and flossing are important for more than preventing cavities.  Good brushing and flossing habits also help prevent gum disease.  Not only is gum disease the leading cause of tooth loss, it is also linked to heart disease, certain cancers, pre-term birth and poor blood sugar control in diabetic patients.

Let us help you have the healthiest mouth possible by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center today at 706-886-9439.  Until the magic day comes that dental plaque doesn’t stick to teeth you can rely on our hygiene team to help you learn proper brushing and flossing techniques and to keep your smile in tip-top condition.  Please call for your appointment today.

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