Monday, July 21, 2008

The Brush Off

Nor drilling, and soon rather than late:
The dentists' drill could be consigned to the past while the future of the toothbrush is under threat, with the arrival of two radical new inventions that could be available within five years.

Scientists at Leeds Dental Institute have created a solution that mimics the way the body forms new teeth, which can be used to repair holes naturally without the need for drilling and filling.

The same researchers have also formulated a mouthwash that kills the bacteria that cause plaque when a light is shone into the mouth.

They believe the mouthwash could be available in as little as three years or less while the alternative to drilling could be ready for use within five years.

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