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'Tooth patch' developed in Japan


Posted on Monday, 17 September, 2012 | Comment icon 7 comments | News tip by: Simbi Laveau


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Japanese scientists have invented a tooth coating that could revolutionize many aspects of dentistry.

The 'tooth patch' consists of a microscopically thin film of a hard-wearing and ultra-flexible material comprised of the same mineral found in natural tooth enamel. Once applied it can prevent tooth decay and even cure sensitive teeth. The material is staggeringly thin at just 0.00016 inches thick and is made by firing lasers at compressed blocks of hydroxyapatite in a vacuum.

"This is the world's first flexible apatite sheet, which we hope to use to protect teeth or repair damaged enamel," said professor Shigeki Hontsu. "Dentists used to think an all-apatite sheet was just a dream, but we are aiming to create artificial enamel."

"Scientists in Japan have created a microscopically thin film that can coat individual teeth to prevent decay or to make them appear whiter, the chief researcher said."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by notoverrated on 17 September, 2012, 7:08
http://ph.news.yahoo...-201846317.html Micro thin patch,can prevent decay,and whiten teeth sweet now i dont have to have that nasty toothpaste taste in my mouth D:
Comment icon #2 Posted by Alex01 on 17 September, 2012, 13:00
sweet now i dont have to have that nasty toothpaste taste in my mouth D: You should till keep your mouth clean or the world will keep you at a distance. Also, consider the price on these.
Comment icon #3 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 17 September, 2012, 13:10
Artificial enamel... very cool. But like Alex just said, I wonder how much this will cost.
Comment icon #4 Posted by King Fluffs on 17 September, 2012, 18:14
Lovely news.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Lady Kasey on 17 September, 2012, 18:36
I had something put into my teeth when I was quite young that prevented cavities from forming in those teeth. To this day, those four teeth have never had a cavity. Can't say the same for the two teeth that do have cavities, though. LOL But something like this is hardly new.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Idano on 18 September, 2012, 10:46
I had something put into my teeth when I was quite young that prevented cavities from forming in those teeth. To this day, those four teeth have never had a cavity. Can't say the same for the two teeth that do have cavities, though. LOL But something like this is hardly new. My kids had that done (sealants) on their teeth and they to do not have cavities. Me on the other hand have all caps on my back lower teeth and enough mercury in my mouth to make 10 thermometers. I think it's terrific!!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Saitung on 24 September, 2012, 0:12
This could critically affect the US dental industry. I can remember my little sister getting something similar back in the 1980's. Could there have been a concerted effort to block this technology in the United States?


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