Japanese tooth patch may reduce decay

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from Japan have succeeded in manufacturing an artificial tooth enamel that can be applied over existing teeth, preventing decay, making the teeth appear whiter, or even end the sensation of sensitive teeth, says Shigeki Hontsu, professor at Kinki University's Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology in Japan. The hard-wearing and ultra-flexible material is created from the main mineral in tooth enamel, hydroxyapatite. "This is the world's first flexible apatite sheet, which we hope to use to protect teeth or repair damaged enamel," Hontsu told AFP. "Dentists used to think an all-apatite sheet was just a dream, but we are aiming to create artificial enamel," the outermost layer of a tooth, he said earlier this month. Researchers were able to create the film in the lab as thin as 0.00016 inches thick by firing lasers at compressed blocks of hydroxyapatite in a vacuum to make individual particles pop out. These particles fall onto a

Japanese tooth patch may reduce decay

Scientists have created a microscopically thin film that can coat individual teeth to prevent decay or to make them appear whiter.

Sun 16 Sep 12 from ABC Science

Japan tooth patch could be end of decay

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.

Sun 16 Sep 12 from Medical Xpress

Japan invents armor for your teeth

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Mon 17 Sep 12 from Dvice

Throw Out Your Toothbrush, Artificial Enamel Is on the Way [Science]

When it comes to keeping your pearly whites in good shape, one of the most important things is to preserve your enamel. If you lose that protective ...

Mon 17 Sep 12 from Gizmodo

Scientists promise end to sensitive nashers with film coating made from same material as tooth enamel

The 'tooth patch' is a hard-wearing and ultra-flexible material made from hydroxyapatite, the main mineral in tooth enamel.

Mon 17 Sep 12 from Daily Mail

Artificial Tooth Enamel Makes Teeth Whiter, Prevents Tooth Decay

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from Japan have succeeded in manufacturing an artificial tooth enamel that can be applied over existing teeth, preventing decay, ...

Mon 17 Sep 12 from RedOrbit

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