None of us enjoy having a cavity filled and I especially hate the dentists scraping tools, but good news to us because scientists have discovered a new drug that can literally regrow your teeth and fix cavities – on its own!
The health of our teeth is extremely important because we only get one set. You must brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss every now and then, and have regular cleanings to achieve perfectly healthy teeth, but let’s admit it – we’re not the best at it. Whether you forget to brush before bed or still have yet to buy some floss, you’re not alone! Everyone makes mistakes and those who suffer from dental issues such as abscessed teeth, tooth decay, or cavities are in for some good news. Scientists have finally discovered a drug that can help us not only prevent tooth decay and cavities but fix them all together!
While studying a drug developed for Alzheimer’s patient’s scientists discovered that it can actually stimulate the regrowth of tooth stem cells and can even cure cavities entirely. The drug is called Tideglusib and it was designed and trialed to treat Alzheimer’s disease. However, the researchers discovered the amazing dental affect the drug has when they noticed it replenished the mineral called Dentine, the substance beneath tooth enamel that is deteriorated by tooth decay.
While your teeth can regenerate the mineral titled Dentine without any help, but it does not completely replenish it. It only grows a very thin layer beneath the enamel which is easily broken away over time. Tideglusib alters this process by eliminating the production of the GSK-3 enzyme that stops dentine from forming.
The researchers inserted small biodegradable sponges made of collagen soaked in tideglusib into cavities. This caused dentine growth within just six weeks following the breakdown of the sponge – leaving a revitalized and repaired tooth behind. The drug was produced and discovered by researchers at King’s College London Dental Institute. The study leader, Paul Sharpe, told the Telegraph, “Using a drug that has already been tested in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease provides a real opportunity to get this dental treatment quickly into clinics.”
“…The simplicity of our approach makes it ideal as a clinical dental product for the natural treatment of large cavities, by providing both pulp protection and restoring dentine.”
This discovery has shed new light on the future of dental care! While dentists are probably angered due to their need for cavities, this is truly a discovery for the books. We may never have to have another cavity filled in the future, and for that I am thankful!