‘Tooth mousse’ to protect against decay

May 23rd, 2008 - 2:21 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, May 23 (IANS) Now you can ignore parental warnings and gorge on chocolates - scientists have developed a “tooth mousse” that not only protects against decay, but actually “repairs” decayed teeth. The new product, currently under lab tests at Melbourne University, is said to penetrate 10 times deeper into teeth than current fluoride treatments.

“Clinical trials have shown Tooth Mousse Plus not only provides the highest level of fluoride protection now available for teeth, but that it can also repair existing decay damage,” said Eric Reynolds, who heads the team testing the mousse.

Known as peptide-calcium phosphate nano-complex, the tooth mousse repairs tooth damage by replacing the minerals lost through the decay process.

Australian and Japanese researchers at the Cooperative Research Centre for Oral Heath Science had set out to find a method of using fluoride in a more effective way than traditional forms to prevent tooth decay.

“It’s the result of a real team effort by molecular scientists, dentists and formulation chemists,” said Reynolds.

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