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Dental Discoveries: 4 Interesting Breakthroughs in Dentistry

Thanks to the many innovations in dental technology, visiting the dentist has never been easier. Researchers around the world are constantly working on new ways to make going to the dentist as stress-free as possible. Below, we’ll take a look at four of the most exciting discoveries related to the field of dentistry.

“Cavitation Bubble” Technology Developed in Japan

Japanese researchers at Tohoku University have created a new way to get rid of hard to reach plaque in dental implants. The team of engineers developed a “cavitating jet,” which sends extremely tiny bubbles of water into a user’s mouth. As these bubbles collapse near a user’s implant, they produce strong shockwaves that literally pull out deeply buried toxins. According to the Tohoku researchers’ tests, the cavitating jet cleaned dental implants significantly better than standard water jets. They are hopeful this new technology will soon become standardized in the dental field.

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Brazilian Researchers Test Novel Electric Anesthetic Tool

Scientists at the University of São Paulo have developed a new electric tool that could change the way dentists think of administering anesthetics. The specific technology researchers tested is known as iontophoresis. In a nutshell, iontophoresis uses a gentle electric current on the patient’s skin (or in this case gum) to send certain chemicals directly into the body. In their study, Brazilian researchers tried to place anesthetic hydrogels into the mouth of a pig using iontophoresis. Amazingly, they found that their iontophoresis method worked 12-times better than applying an anesthetic via a traditional needle. Although more research needs to be done, this study is promising for the future of anesthetic application.

Low Testosterone Linked with Tooth Decay

Researchers out of Texas A&M recently published a revolutionary study linking low testosterone in men with a higher incidence of dental problems. Professors took a look at the jaws and mandibles from two groups of male rhesus macaques. The first group was castrated and the second was not. Study authors noted that castrated macaques had far more severe dental problems, especially periodontitis. This study has extreme relevance for humans, especially as the number of men with low testosterone increases every year.

New Probiotic Could Prevent Cavities

How would you like to reduce your odds of getting cavities just by taking a pill? Although it might sound too good to be true, scientists are seriously working on making this a reality. In a new study from the University of Florida, researchers say they’ve located a unique strain of oral bacteria now known as A12. A12 is a probiotic in the Streptococcus family and was shown to have the best anti-cavity properties of over 2,000 different bacterial strains. Researchers believe people who are more highly susceptible to cavities could take an A12 supplement in the future to naturally boost their oral health.

These are just a few of the miraculous findings in the field of dentistry. In a few decades, visiting a dentist at a clinic like Royal Oak Dental will be virtually pain-free… that is, of course, if you’ve remembered to brush and floss every day! In case you were wondering, dentists recommend everyone get a dental cleaning at least twice a year.

By Dixie Somers

 

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