End of fillings in sight, for at least the tenth consecutive year

Scientists find Alzheimer's drug makes teeth grow back

Researchers at King's College London found that the drug Tideglusib stimulates the stem cells contained in the pulp of teeth so that they generate new dentine -- the mineralised material under the enamel.

Tideglusib switches off an enzyme called GSK-3 which prevents dentine from carrying on forming. Scientists showed it is possible to soak a small biodegradable sponge with the drug and insert it into a cavity, where it triggers the growth of dentine and repairs the damage within six weeks.

Professor Paul Sharpe, lead author of the study, of the Dental Institute, from King's College London, said: "The simplicity of our approach makes it ideal as a clinical dental product for the natural treatment of large cavities, by providing both pulp protection and restoring dentine. "In addition, using a drug that has already been tested in clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease provides a real opportunity to get this dental treatment quickly into clinics."

Based on the "previouslies" in this post (ten years ago, seven years ago, three years ago), I'm starting to suspect the hand of the powerful Oral Decay Lobby in suppressing this technology.

Previously, previously, previously.

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5 Responses:

  1. Kaleberg says:

    You had me until I saw GSK-3. That protein is involved in just about every damned aspect of development e.g. Wnt, Reelin, Hedgehog. OMFG. You play with GSK-3 at your peril. Think of it as hacking the semantics of your ADD instruction while the code is running.

  2. A Kaleberg says:

    You had me until I saw GSK-3. That protein is involved in just about every damned aspect of development e.g. Wnt, Reelin, Hedgehog. OMFG. You play with GSK-3 at your peril. Think of it as hacking the semantics of your ADD instruction while the code is running.

  3. Paul N says:

    I went so far as to sign up for the newsletter on the 3 year previously site, I wanted so badly for it to be real. A year after signing up I haven't been spammed by a single thing.

  4. Joker_vD says:

    Or maybe it's a snake oil that simply can't be delivered because it doesn't and can't work. But that's doubtful, because in this case, you most likely would be able to "preorder" such treatment, for a low price of.

  5. apm74 says:

    It's actually Big Government who forcing Big Dental to mix in their tracking chips into the filling amalgams.