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New lozenge may rebuild tooth enamel the painless way

Researchers at the University of Washington have announced clinical trials of a new lozenge which is designed to rebuild and repair damaged tooth enamel. The unnamed product works by depositing a thin layer of new enamel using a specially formulated peptide while you suck. Dentists of the world watch out. The team claims that two lozenges a day will restore lost enamel, while one lozenge a day will maintain a healthy layer.

As if that wasn’t enough, the researchers are saying that the miracle sweetie will also be able to whiten teeth without the need for hydrogen peroxide, which is the current favourite technique. This definitely sounds like the kind of bedtime sweet we can get behind, but it could cause all sorts of problems for harrassed parents across the world. How to teach children the difference between a good sweet and a bad sweet? We’ll leave that to the psychologists when the lozenge eventually arrives. The trials are due to start sometime soon, so until then remember to brush well, and don’t eat sweets between meals. For now at least.

“In addition, the researchers are investigating a gel or solution with the engineered peptide to treat hypersensitive teeth. This problem results from weakness in the enamel that makes the underlying dentin and nerves more vulnerable to heat or cold. Most common products currently on the market can put a layer of organic material on the tooth and numb nerve endings with potassium nitrate, but the relief is only temporary. The peptide, however, addresses the problem permanently at its source by strengthening the enamel.”

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