Teeth are a very important part of the mouth. Not only do they aid in biting and chewing, they are the first things that are immediately visible when the mouth is first opened. Maintaining their health and brightness is important, but wear and tear will cause them to break down (and even break in some cases).
As with most things, science is finding a solution to this issue. The ability to regrow natural teeth in the mouth in adulthood may sound far-fetched, but it is a reality that may soon exist. “Researchers from the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology in Japan used a new technique of extracting teeth germs, or the groups of cells formed early in life that will later develop into teeth. The scientists said they were easily able to split the germs into two and implant them into the mice’s jaws.The study, published in Scientific Reports of the journal Nature, showed that many current treatments of replacement fail to restore the full functionality of a tooth. But the prospect of naturally growing new teeth in the patient’s mouth would solve this problem.”
The idea of this is pretty great, but we’re not quite there yet. Until then, it is important to maintain the teeth you do have in the best way possible…by brushing, flossing, rinsing and regularly visiting your Ottawa dentist.