For some, there’s nothing worse than that period of anticipation and anxiety that comes before a visit to the dentist. The fear of new cavities having developed can be such a source of stress for some dental patients that they actually avoid these dental visits entirely. Dental anxiety is known to affect 61% of the population, but there’s hope for them and general patients alike. Recent research into certain peptides and compounds has resulted in the discovery of a substance that may indicate the coming end for cavities.
Two Discoveries Produce A Singularly Promising Result
Peptide histamine 5 was discovered as being a component of our saliva, playing an important role in battling the bacteria that sought to harm our teeth. This peptide’s antibacterial properties were essential in protecting our teeth from the ravages of decay. Another study discovered a compound known as phosphoserine that proved capable of promoting remineralization in damaged teeth. Seeing the promise these two substances held, another study was held that published its findings in January of 2020. The study showed that these substances, when combined, produced results that were astonishing:
- The resulting peptide was found to bond strongly with enamel
- Enamel bonded with this peptide more effectively suppressed tooth decay
- Enamel previously damaged by acids and bacteria began the remineralization process
- Plaque and other biofilms were reduced in subjects receiving the new peptide
Peptide histamine 5 and phosphoserine were united into a single new peptide, combining their properties to incredible effect. Peptides are a compound similar to proteins, formed out of the combination of numerous amino acids. They are both smaller in size than proteins and have structures that are less well-defined. They also have functions that are different than proteins, regardless of their similarities.
The results from this new molecule revealed them to be remarkably effective in promoting oral health. Those patients who had biofilms like tartar and plaque on their teeth were found to be largely free of biofilms entirely within 24 hours of receiving this peptide. Without the presence of biofilm, it was difficult for the acid-producing bacteria to form on and damage the teeth. Ongoing testing is being watched closely and may also appear in the ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
Remain Vigilant When It Comes To Dental Hygiene Practices
While there may come a day when brushing is no longer a necessary part of our oral care, that day is yet to come. As a result, it is important that you stick to your oral hygiene practices to prevent the formation of oral health concerns like gum disease and tooth decay. To effectively protect your teeth, be sure to:
- Do two minute of dental brushing each day
- Floss between each tooth thoroughly twice a day
- Use mouthwash diligently
- See your dental health provider twice a year
There is hope that ongoing studies will show that this molecule will be the last hurrah of the reign of terror of cavities. Keep scheduling your twice-yearly visits to the dentist and allow them to continue to be your strongest ally against the ravages of tooth decay and gum disease. Call and arrange a visit today!