Nanotechnology Used to Improve Dental Health
It is always difficult to choose toothpaste that would provide us with the protection from cavity and bad breath. The choice is really great and, moreover, people find toothpaste “With Nanotechnology!” which is heavily advertised at the moment. But it is rather doubtful that the toothpaste may provide better results than other toothpastes do. It is said that each tube of this toothpaste contains nanoparticles that are released during brushing which provides a better protection of teeth from decay and damage.
This achievement has become real thanks to the researchers working at the University of Rochester. The mechanism of action is really amazing and those particles are positively charged which provides them with a chance to blind to negatively-charged enamel covered with plaque. Besides, those particles are loaded with a hydrophobic antibacterial drug that perfectly works in acidic environments. According to the numerous researches, the particles appeared to be 4 times more effective than regular toothpaste is.
Besides, due to this unique mechanism of action, the medications are delivered in the most problematic areas and people may prevent a lot of dental diseases and save on dental care services. The effectiveness of particles in the sphere of destroying plaque is confirmed on numerous laboratory tests and this toothpaste appears to be more effective than using a specific medication alone.
The nanoparticles that are used in the toothpaste will be safely digested and will not cause any side effects. The effectiveness of the nanoparticles is reduced when the toothpaste is washed away with water. That is why dentists cannot consider whether it is better to use those nanoparticles in toothpaste or in mouthwash. Some people express their concern about the possible damage that can be caused to the good bacteria in the stomach. Researchers prove that there is no harm that may be caused to any parts of your body.
Photo by Scott Ehardt (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons