Genetics

Genetic defects lead to enamel malformations

Mutations in a certain molecule result in severe damage in the structure and mineral composition of tooth enamel in mice, according to a study conducted at the UZH Center of Dental Medicine. The researchers combined genetic, ...

Dentistry

Improved mineralized material can restore tooth enamel

Scientists have perfected hydroxyapatite, a material for mineralizing bones and teeth. By adding a complex of amino acids to hydroxyapatite, they were able to form a dental coating that replicates the composition and microstructure ...

Dentistry

TikTok's alternative soda trend could be tough on teeth

New research finds acids in sugar-free beverages could erode tooth enamel, as a recipe mixing flavored sparkling water with balsamic vinegar to create a so-called "healthier" alternative to soda takes TikTok by storm.

Diabetes

Diabetes may weaken teeth and promote tooth decay

People with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are prone to tooth decay, and a new study from Rutgers may explain why: Reduced strength and durability of enamel and dentin, the hard substance under enamel that gives structure ...

Health

How to choose a toothbrush and when to throw it out

The toothbrush is the most basic tool for maintaining healthy teeth, but many people give their toothbrush little thought and don't know when to swap it out for a new one. It can also be difficult to choose what type of brush ...

Dentistry

Mystery of children's 'chalky teeth' explained

One in five children have chalky tooth enamel—visible as discolored enamel spots—which often causes severe toothache and decay, and sometimes leads to abscesses, extractions and orthodontic problems.

Medical research

Stopping tooth decay before it starts—without killing bacteria

Oral bacteria are ready to spring into action the moment a dental hygienist finishes scraping plaque off a patient's teeth. Eating sugar or other carbohydrates causes the bacteria to quickly rebuild this tough and sticky ...

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