Chemicals can help fix the problems of your teeth, according to a new study.
The research shows that in some cases, chemical bonding works to protect your teeth from damage, while in other cases it is detrimental.
The researchers used a lab-based test that measures how well your teeth are absorbing the compounds in your mouth and found that the more bonding your teeth have, the more likely they are to repair their damage.
The findings are significant, says Dr. William K. Grosvenor, professor of dentistry and oral health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“These are the first studies to show that it works,” he says.
Grosvenore says that the study’s results are consistent with earlier work, which found that oral barrier function and the type of chemicals your mouth is made of are a big determinant of how well it works.
“We see it as a bit of a double-edged sword because it seems like it could be an excellent treatment for certain types of dentition,” he adds.
“But in general, there’s a lot of evidence that mouth problems and dental problems are a combination of the two, and that if you can’t prevent either of those things, then you can help to prevent the other.”
Grosvore says he has seen that when he’s tried to use a mouthwash to treat oral problems, it didn’t work as well as he thought.
He notes that the amount of bonding in your teeth is directly related to the amount you’re absorbing, so if your mouth has a very strong barrier, it may not be as effective as a less powerful one.
“There’s a possibility that the barrier might actually be a function of the amount that you’re taking in,” he explains.
“So you may be able to use some mouthwash that has a much stronger barrier to prevent cavities from forming.”
While dental treatment is certainly a key component of dental health, it’s important to take time to look at the whole picture, says Kallen.
“If you’re already feeling better, then go and get checked out by your dentist,” she says.
“You want to make sure you’re actually doing the things you’re supposed to be doing.
So that’s going to help a lot,” Kallon adds.
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