There is a new dentist in town, and actually, it isn’t a dentist at all. It is a new toothpaste created by Kazue Yamagishi, a researcher from Japan. This new toothpaste could likely put dentists out of work!
The new toothpaste can work to fill in cracks and cavities in your teeth. It uses a tested substance that is nearly identical to natural tooth enamel. The enamel-like substance is just as sturdy, if not more sturdy than metal or amalgam counterparts. It allows for more efficient filling. You can fill in cracks and cavities without having to remove parts of the healthy tooth. It reduces the spread of decay, without all the drilling. The paste bonds with the tooth, saving the tooth owners time and pain.
Sadly, the paste will have to be applied by a professional. It contains a high level of acidity, and the high concentration of peroxide could cause aggravation of the gums. Other materials with similarly aggravating potential are already used on patients, they note. How soon can we expect to see this product, though? They say the product will be available next year. It can be purchased by dentists from Dr. Yamagishi’s website. If your dentist decides to use the product, you could have a cavity filled and done in less than 20 minutes!
Since we still have to wait a year for the release of the product, here are some tips to prevent tooth decay:
- Clean between your teeth daily with dental floss or interdental cleaners, such as the Oral-B Interdental Brush, Reach Stim-U-Dent, or Sulcabrush.
- Rinse daily with mouthwash. Some rinses also have antiseptic ingredients to help kill bacteria that cause plaque.
- Eat nutritiously and balanced meals and limit snacks. Avoid carbohydrates such as candy, pretzels, and chips, which can remain on the tooth surface. If sticky foods are eaten, brush your teeth soon afterward.
- Ask your dentist about dental sealants (a plastic protective coating) applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars) to protect them from decay.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exam.