Monday, May 30, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

'Tooth patch' developed in Japan

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

Image credit: Cody Black

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."

  View: Full article |  Source: Yahoo! News

  Discuss: View comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by notoverrated on 17 September, 2012, 7:08
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
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
Comment icon #6 Posted by Idano on 18 September, 2012, 10:46
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?

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Russian family dines with a 7ft brown bear
The Panteleenkos adopted their bear Stepan when he was just a cub and now they do everything together.
Building blocks of life found on comet 67P
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made a significant new discovery within the atmosphere of its new home.
Huge sea sponge thought to be world's largest
Divers have discovered an ancient, minivan-sized sea sponge in an ocean ridge off the coast of Hawaii.
NASA reveals new close-up images of Pluto
The fascinating pictures are the most detailed views of Pluto we are going to get for a very long time.
Other news in this category
Government study finds cellphone-cancer link
Posted 5-27-2016 | 59 comments
The findings suggest that exposure to cellphone radiation may cause brain and heart cancers in rats....
New optical clock is most accurate ever built
Posted 5-26-2016 | 11 comments
Scientists have come up with a clock so accurate that it could even redefine the length of a second....
Hypersonic rocket could revolutionize travel
Posted 5-21-2016 | 7 comments
US and Australian military scientists are working together on an ambitious high-speed aircraft concept....
Is Everest really Earth's tallest mountain ?
Posted 5-18-2016 | 9 comments
According to scientists, Chimborazo in Ecuador is actually quite a bit taller than Mount Everest....
Man filmed struggling against 109mph winds
Posted 5-18-2016 | 8 comments
A new viral video shows a worker at Mount Washington Observatory being blown around by an extreme gale....
Human head transplant still moving forward
Posted 5-14-2016 | 23 comments
The controversial surgical procedure is set to take place at a facility in China as early as next year....
'Cyborg artist' is able to feel earthquakes
Posted 5-13-2016 | 10 comments
Moon Ribas can feel every earthquake on the planet through a special seismic sensor implanted in her arm....
Tiny robot can go on missions inside the body
Posted 5-13-2016 | 6 comments
Scientists have come up with a tiny robot that could revolutionize treatment of the digestive system....

 View: More news in this category
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ