Researchers Invent 'Magical' Cure For Cavities

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If you have ever had the misfortune of being under the dentist's drill for a cavity filling, you know how awful the experience is. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Leeds has come up with an ingenious treatment that not only keeps the drill at bay, but also, helps re-generate your pearly whites so that they look like new again!

The radical treatment is the brainchild of a team of scientists led by Jennifer Kirkham at the University's School of Chemistry. It involves applying a peptide or mixture of amino acids they call P 11-4 to the area of the tooth that is showing early signs of decay. The fluid seeps into the micro pores formed by the acid from the bacteria that is causing the decay and forms a protective gel. This gel in turn provides a base or framework for the tooth to attract calcium and repair the damage - Totally pain-free!

While it sounds almost magical, the researchers maintain that the solution has not only been successful in the laboratory, but also, on a small group of adults whose teeth were showing initial signs of decay.

However, before you head for the candy jar, bear in mind that the researchers still have to conduct the tests on a larger group of people, which means that it will take at least another three years before your dentist can toss the drill and re-create your pearly whites with this magical solution.

Resources: gizmag.com, leeds.ac.uk

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178 Comments
  • regancorn
    regancornSunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:58 am
    Awesome I'm getting braces soon but might have a cavity is this available?
    • animereina2020
      animereina2020Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 12:51 pm
      I don't have any cavities, and I am wishing luck to any of you who do
      • demiguise
        demiguiseTuesday, March 31, 2020 at 10:44 am
        I have a lot of cavities THEY HURT so HURRY UP PEOPLE
        • llamaSunday, May 7, 2017 at 6:13 am
          finally
          • mister awesome Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 8:47 pm
            wow
            • nutnut
              nutnutThursday, June 11, 2015 at 8:34 am
              dentists are annoying
              • regancorn
                regancornSunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:59 am
                I agree I have to go to an orthodontist soon I'm nervous
              • faith_kat
                faith_katThursday, March 5, 2015 at 2:21 pm
                hope they do this soon i am prone to cavities cause i like candy
                • bangarang
                  bangarangFriday, January 9, 2015 at 6:26 am
                  COOL!
                  • nikukyu
                    nikukyuWednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm
                    The first drawing is funny
                    • Emma326Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm
                      So cool!