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  • Shell extract helps rebuild pearly whites

    04/12/2013 8:25:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 10 April 2013 | Emma Stoye
    Researchers in China have shown that the organic component of mother of pearl can help repair damaged teeth, by acting as a template for the mineralisation of tooth enamel.Tooth enamel is made up of rod-like crystals of hydroxyapatite, a calcium phosphate mineral. It is the hardest tissue in the body, but is susceptible to erosion by food and bacterial acids. Once gone, it never naturally reforms, and cavities must be fixed using manmade materials. Methods of artificially rebuilding enamel often involve extreme temperature, pressure or pH conditions that make them impractical for clinical use.Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences...
  • Sports Drink Can Be Tough on Teeth (Enamel abrasion. If you must, chug them or use a straw)

    05/13/2006 11:03:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 304+ views
    HealthDay on Yahoo ^ | 5/12/06 | Kathleen Doheny
    FRIDAY, May 12 (HealthDay News) -- Sports and energy drinks can be wonderful potions that hydrate top-tier athletes and weekend warriors alike. But here's some advice about their use, not from your trainer or your coach, but from a dental school professor: If you choose to use them, chug them. Don't sip or savor them all day. That's what J. Anthony von Fraunhofer, director of biomaterials research at the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore suggests. Otherwise, the drinks could be eating away your enamel, setting you up for tooth decay and other dental problems. Energy drinks and citrus-flavored...