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No More Drill for Tooth Decay?

Posted on September 8, 2011 | in Dental Care | by

Thoughts of dread often penetrate the psyche when talk of tooth decay treatment arises.

Some find paralyzing fear the only result of the shrill inducing drill. Others can’t stand the uncomfortable feeling of having someone not so delicately whittle away at their teeth.

Whatever it is for us that sparks fear and dread of going to the dentist, technology again comes to the rescue.

Recent news out of the UK holds promise for those of us that totally fear anything metallic and/or mechanical entering our mouths.

Excuses are like belly buttons, everyone has one – despite the depth.

And it’s been said that several excuses are always less convincing than one.

But when it comes to tooth decay treatment, there are no more excuses for missing our dental appointments!

First plasma jets, now tooth regeneration.

No More Pain, No More Drill

Pain free fillings will be coming to a dentist near you.

Just as we now can paint our houses with nanoparticle space-age paint that promises to permeate and protect, we now have magic tooth regeneration gel that acts in a somewhat similar manner.

Thin correlation yes, but read on.

Researchers at the University of Leeds have discovered a pain-free way of tackling dental decay that reverses the damage of acid attack and re-builds teeth as new.

Implementation across the board (and pond) could take time, but we may see the last of drill and fill dentistry in very short order.

For a look at the video, click here.

How does tooth decay form?

According to WebMD, tooth decay is the process that results in a cavity (dental caries). It occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at a tooth. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss.

So how does it come to develop?

We know, stupid question.

But wait, there’s no such thing. That kind of thinking keeps us from properly communicating with our dentists whom we trust with attaining and maintaining our optimal oral health.

Along with fearing pain, shrilling drills, and mechanically sharpened instruments poking about our mouths; we also fear being seen as ignorant.

But that’s why we trust our dentists, they’re the pros.

We need not be afraid to talk to our dentists and hygienists like we’re afraid of their tools.

They can perform magic with a probe, spoon, or tweezers…get a power tool in their hand and it’s like having da Vinci sculpt your smile!

We trust them with our health; we can definitely trust them to provide the dental 411.

To not answer the question, see the same treasure trove of interweb medical self-diagnosis neurosis info previously cited.

Then educate yourself by simply asking your dentist or hygienist on your next appointment… or the next time you’re on Facebook.

Do you really think a dentist or hygienist is NOT going to love the dental-centric question?

Think about something in your life that your passionate about…care to talk about it with anyone and everyone within earshot?

Guilty as charged on this side of the table – and it’s not just social media, its human nature.

We’ll wager dollars to donuts over 99.9% of us will be on Facebook before ever gracing the presence of our trusted dental offices.

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+Chris Barnard is Managing Editor of DentalPatientNews.com, a patient-centric Social Dental Network blog dedicated to enabling the digital dental health conversation - and the eradication of the cavity creeps.
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