Research Suggests New Treatments May One Day Help Teeth Repair Themselves

NBC News (1/15, Cox) reports that although “science has brought all sorts of tools for fighting tooth decay,” including fluoride toothpaste and dental sealants, many “Americans between 20 and 64 years of age are affected by dental caries.” However, “provocative new research suggests that cell-stimulating medications can ‘trick’ teeth into repairing themselves,” says NBC News, and “if these ‘small molecule’ drugs work as well as scientists think they will, we may be on the cusp of a new era in which dental tissue and even entire teeth can be regrown.” For example, researchers have found that a drug called Tideglusib can stimulate stem cells to produce dentin. Scientists have also found a similar result by “shining laser light” on dental pulp.
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