Tooth “Time Warp”: British Researchers Discover Method To Reverse Tooth Decay

220px-Lower_wisdom_toothThere is an exciting discovery by British scientists that could significantly decrease tooth surgeries and extractions. The technique is known as Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization and it has been found to repair tooth decay by using electrical current to boost the tooth’s natural repair process. It is being called a “time warp” for teeth.

The two part process involves pushing minerals into the tooth to repair the damages area. It was developed at King’s College, London, and may be available for use within three years. No drills, no injections and no filling materials. The process allows teeth to “remineralize.”

These brilliant researchers decided to tackle the problem of tooth decay straight on. The problem is that minerals continually move out of the tooth and the enamel is undermined — creating lesions (which can later become a physical cavity). This process reverses the process. Pretty cool.

Source: India Times as found on Reddit.

68 thoughts on “Tooth “Time Warp”: British Researchers Discover Method To Reverse Tooth Decay”

  1. When it comes to association, such as a link between vaccinations and autism, for example, I always think of the Broad Street Pump. In 1831 cholera spread throughout England, taking tens upon thousands of lives until 1854 when a doctor solved the mystery. Plotting medical history on a scattergram, he concluded that victims had all used water from the Broad Street Pump, which was shut down, the cholera epidemic suddenly ending. Thirty years would pass before a study finally revealed the cause of cholera, Vibrio cholerae, a bacteria. Had authorities refused to shut down the pump, believing the doctor was a kook instead, the epidemic certainly would have continued for another generation, taking another tens of thousands of lives and more along the way.

    Wouldn’t it be prudent to formulate vaccines without mercury, rather than to just outright dismiss the fears of parents? That they so far have refused to reformulate vaccines, points to something like a cover-up, in my opinion, behind which is just another scientist who would rather die than admit failure.

  2. Nick wrote “The message sent to the two automakers and unions who didn’t have a positive working relationship when they went bankrupt was, ‘That’s OK, here’s a few billion dollars, try and do better in the future’.”

    I completely agree and now I understand your point (sometimes I’m slow). Yes, we should have brought in a regent, perhaps even a former Ford executive, to run GM for a few months to implement some changes. The UAW should have been put on notice that the old days were gone and that they’d better start acting like adults. A few levels of management could have been eliminated. And something else we should have done is to prohibit GM from importing Chinese parts and/or complete autos; why should the American taxpayer give them money to outsource American jobs?

    But the Obama administration only had one game plan, the same one they used for Wall Street. Giving bankers buckets of money with no restrictions was like handing a teenager a bottle of Boone’s Farm and the car keys. We should have intervened them in the best FDIC manner: split them into casinos and commercial banks, add a few safeguards, put strict limits on corporate officer compensation, split them into small bank units, etc.

    P.S. A few articles ago you questioned why Boone’s Farm was popular. It must have been the marketing. I was one of the people who drank it as a teenager, but I always hated it. I never drank it after high school.

  3. http://theweek.com/article/index/257110/the-worrying-rise-of-the-anti-vaccination-movement#axzz34wfKZjbc

    Who is rejecting vaccines?
    “Anti-vaxxers,” as people who oppose vaccination are called, come from across the political and geographic spectrum. They include back-to-the-land progressives in Brooklyn and Oregon who see vaccines as “unnatural,” libertarians who distrust government recommendations, and rural religious conservatives suspicious of science and modernity. Their ranks swelled when actress Jenny McCarthy publicly blamed her son’s autism on vaccines and in 2007 launched a high-profile campaign, with a book and TV appearances, to “educate” the public about the dangers of vaccination. Some anti-vaxxers adamantly insist that vaccines are responsible for the autism epidemic of recent years, despite multiple studies that have found no link. Others have adopted the idea that giving vaccines for 16 different illnesses to infants in their first two years of life may somehow “overwhelm” their immune systems and trigger autism and other neurological and developmental disorders.

  4. Annie wrote “At least progressives look forward”

    Most liberals seem to believe that they are progressives, but I disagree. The best example of a progressive, in my opinion, was Teddy Roosevelt. He was not shy in international affairs, but he had sympathy for the common worker. He and William Taft eliminated over 100 monopolies, with the best example being Standard Oil.

    Today, on the other hand, I can only think of a few true progressives with Elizabeth Warren being the best example (Sheila Bair is probably another one).

    Barack Obama is definitely NOT a progressive. He brought in Clinton cronies to run Treasury (and ruin us). He promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide, but did not. His #1 priority appears to be giving special rights to LGBTs, while the middle class is disappearing (LGBTs deserve equal, but not special, rights). Companies which should be considered monopolies include Walmart and Google, but Obama would never take them down. And his willful ignorance of the way H-1B and other business visas are being used to replace American workers with foreigners is shameful.

  5. Saucy, I know the people you described exist. But, they are not mainstream libertarians any more than Ted Kaczynski is a mainstream liberal. I could tell in the short time you’ve been here we are pretty sympatico. I grew up in a blue collar union house. I know the good and bad w/ unions. Ford and the UAW has been a shining example of good management/union relations. That has become increasingly rare. The message sent to the two automakers and unions who didn’t have a positive working relationship when they went bankrupt was, “That’s OK, here’s a few billion dollars, try and do better in the future.” And, the message to Ford and there UAW unit was “Suckers, being fiscally responsible is for SUCKERS!” Horrible messages to be sending.

  6. Paul C. Schulte wrote “my steak needs to still be moving”

    😉

    “pertussis is making a comeback as is polio”

    Yes, I have been paying attention. California has declared an epidemic. I wish it was possible to determine if the cases are due to immigration or natives refusing to vaccinate.

    I’m not so young. I have relatives who contracted polio and other diseases as children. People who refuse to vaccinate their children are playing God with them and they should not be allowed to do that. In totally backward countries, e.g. Pakistan, it is understandable that religious nuts think polio is an affront, but this isn’t Pakistan.

  7. Nick wrote “Your view is a weird caricature”

    With respect to you, that is certainly true. You and I have minor disagreements, but that’s all. However, I have met in-person and online (especially online) the people I described.

    Rand Paul is an example. About a month ago he congratulated Caterpillar on paying no taxes (or almost no taxes) and suggested it as a model for other companies. The problem with that point of view is that someone must pay for the roads, railways, and airports through which Caterpillar transports its products, especially roads. Why should I, the ordinary taxpayer pay for these roads? Its customers should pay for roads and the best way to do that is to tax Caterpillar and have them include road taxes in the price.

    JT’s blog is not remotely the first time I have delved into libertarianism. On previous visits, I have argued with people who claimed that the Gilded Age was the best era of the U.S. That was only true for a small number of business owners, e.g. George Pullman (see URL below), who often treated their workers as chattel. Unions were a logical and proper reaction to being treated as ersatz slaves (and then the UAW went too far just like we see CEOs going too far with their salary).

    To come back to the law, research Lochner v. New York, where SCOTUS declared that labor regulations were “unreasonable, unnecessary and arbitrary interference with the right and liberty of the individual to contract,” but, of course, that liberty only applied to the employer.

    Do you know that unions in Germany have a seat on the board? Did you know that Germany, not too long ago, was the world’s top exporter (today it is #3 after China and the U.S.)? In other words, unions are not the devil, just the way we do it.

    http://newsburglar.com/2008/10/21/george-pullmans-grave-and-obituary/

  8. Saucy, Liberal are proud of being “off the grid.” They want to go backward to trains. They are @ the core of this anti vaccination movement. Our liberal President eviscerated NASA. The Unabomber was a liberal terrorist killing people who were pioneers in computer technology. Libertarianism as I practice it, and I’m mainstream, want fewer taxes, sensible regulations[I spoke of some a day or two ago]. We believe true progress comes from the private sector and that all economists know incentives are the key to a successful economy and progress. I don’t know where the hell you get your view of libertarians? You do realize Jonathan is, don’t you? Your view is a weird caricature. You are better than that. Some aren’t, but I believe you are.

  9. Wow! This’ll be a real turn about for England… perhaps they could get Wallace & Gromit to market it.

  10. Saucy, Your view of libertarians is a gross generalization and mischaracterization . I always consider who responds positively to what I say. If certain people agree, then I reconsider.

  11. Saucy, I do not see it as an either/or. I grew up on seafood. It’s always near the top of my list, IF IT’S FRESH. When I’m in San Diego in the winter I eat seafood 3-4 times a week. But, in the Midwest, I can get fresh walleye, trout, whitefish, etc. but not fresh seafood. Beef is not my favorite meat. Pork, lamb, chicken, beef. Everything in moderation.

  12. Saucy, yep. I noticed that about libertarians, the longing for good old bad days. At least progressives look forward.

  13. Annie wrote “Why are antivaccinationists so at home with libertarianism?”

    Libertarians believe in a fairy tale of a better life in the past. Most of them desire to turn back the clock to 1780 or so when taxes were low, regulations were nonexistent, and you could pee right into the stream (only Firesign Theatre fans will understand that crack). But they neglect to investigate what life was like in 1780. Life expectancy was 45. Children commonly lost both parents. Children commonly died. Women commonly died during childbirth. Infections and skin diseases killed many. Traveling coast-to-coast would take a long time on horseback. Most people were illiterate. Anesthesia meant biting on a bullet (cocaine was invented in 1859 and ether was first demonstrated in 1846). Not until 1800 did NYC create a limited water supply system (at first using wooden pipes). Dentistry was medieval. Appendicitis was pretty much a death sentence; not until 1886 was it first understood. Snake oil was advertised freely as a cure for anything, even though it was sometimes fatal. And people died or became permanently injured from polio, pertussis, measles, rabies, chicken pox, mumps, tetanus, diphtheria, and rubella.

    1. saucy – if you have been keeping up with the news pertussis is making a comeback as is polio. Rabies is always a problem and we have never gotten rid of the plague.

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