Researchers have developed a simple treatment for cavities, and the results could lead to new treatments for people with chronic conditions like cavities.
The study was led by researchers at the University of Oxford and the University College London, and published in the journal Science Advances.
It is called a ‘mimetic’ dental treatment.
The new method uses nanomaterials to make cavities disappear by mimicking the way that water flows through a sponge.
“We’ve demonstrated this in mice,” said study co-author Dr Chris Smith.
“This mimetic method, which is based on the same principles as the sponge method, works by breaking down the bacteria that cause cavities.”
It’s a technique called biomimicry, which involves creating biological structures that are similar to those of living cells, in this case bacteria.
It works by using a nano-sized polymer that forms small pores in the tooth’s surface, and then the same polymer is then injected into the cavities to form cavities that can be removed.
The results are promising, because the researchers believe the nanometals can also be used to treat other kinds of cavities in the future.
“If we can produce a biomimics solution that can replace the sponge solution in our practice, then it will be possible to replace the traditional toothpaste or the toothpaste and gels that we currently use in our clinics,” Dr Smith said.
The new method is also very effective in preventing cavities from forming.
The team’s research was funded by the European Union, the US, Canada and Japan.
The next step is to develop a commercial version of the treatment.
Dr Smith said the next step for the team is to see if it is safe and effective in humans.
“One of the big issues is that we can’t do this on a large scale and there is a lot of safety issues around it, so we are working on getting approval from regulators to test it in humans,” he said.