Tooth Filling Without Any Scary And Painful Drilling.

Hi,

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Today is starting in the usual way….very cold and damp and grey.

The same old, same old!

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Yesterday was different to my expectations, because we had a visit from the same friend who calls every once in a blue moon for a catch-up.

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Big H and I were just on our way out to go and cut the bloody grass again when there was a very authoritative knock on the door at about 12.30pm.

It was our old friend, and as he stayed chatting until 7.30pm we did not get very much done at all.

But never mind ‘cos there is all today not touched yet.

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We actually do need to have a chat about dentists….not my favourite subject by a mile either.

Our old dentist, who we have been going to for about thirty five years has finally retired, and his practice has been taken over by some other people.

We now need to decide if we want to continue with them or choose someone else we would prefer.

No-one really likes having to visit dentists, but the alternative would definitely be a lot worse in the long run.

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Happily, there is some good news for all of we people who are less than willing to go to the dentists as regularly as we really should.

Not that anyone enjoys the prospect of needing any treatment that could include lying there rigidly, listening to that awful drilling noise right there inside your head.

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Now, thanks to new research including chemists and bio-chemists at Leeds University, led by Prof. Jennifer Kirkham, those awful days of drilling may be coming to a welcome end.

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Normally the process of a tooth decaying begins with the acid from bacteria in the mouth eating into the enamel and causing tiny holes to occur.

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Enamel forms in the first place by growing around molecules of protein.

The new idea is that if a wash of natural protein, called P 11-4, is applied to the decayed areas then then a similar foundation of protein will be left in the holes…giving the enamel a structure upon which if can once again grow.

The calcium needed to form the new enamel being obtained from saliva in the mouth.

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Tests upon this system have now been analysed, and the results show that there is repair of decay taking place within a month of the application of the protein liquid to the decayed lesions.

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Now it is reported that a company has licensed the new breakthrough technology from the university, so that it can be tested worldwide.

Who knows, it may be that soon a visit to the dentists will be as no more scary than going for a hairdo….and perhaps more than a tad less painful than getting a wax!

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Unfortunately though, this process cannot be used to deal with advanced decay which is already present, it can only be used to fill the tiny holes which are the beginnings of damaging decay.

Of course, once people lose their fear of going to the dentists and attend for regular check-ups, any sign of these microscopic holes will be dealt with immediately and painlessly so that hopefully serious tooth decay will be a problem from the past.

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Hopefully the new process will be offered by dental practices in a few years.

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Now there’s a cheering thought for a Wednesday!

J,x.

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