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New Research Could Bring Toothache Relief to Millions


New research by University of London could bring relief to millions of adults across the world.  This research has won the team headed by Professor Robert Hill the materials science Venture Prize.

Professor Hill and his research team have developed new degradable particles designed to enter the holes in teeth and physically block and repair decayed teeth.  These degradable particles are special glasses that can be incorporated into toothpaste, which will dissolve in the mouth releasing both calcium and phosphate, two substances that form tooth mineral.

Professor Hill said, “These new particles dissolve faster than existing ones and are also softer than tooth enamel.”  According to the research team, the new particles will assist in reducing tooth pain by re-mineralizing the holes in decayed teeth.  Tooth pain is caused by fluid flow within small tubes located within the tooth when the tubes become exposed due to gums receding or through the loss of the outer enamel coating as a result of tooth decay or through acid erosion or mechanical wear associated with tooth brushing.

Professor Bill Bonfield, chairman of the Venture Prize judging panel stated that the research team’s degradable particles development is a “hugely exciting development which could benefit millions of people across the world.”  The aim of the Venture Prize, according to Bonfield, is to “encourage innovative scientific entrepreneurship in the UK and provide funding to bring new materials science research like this to market.”

Professor Hill stated that awards such as the Venture Prize helps enable researchers to get “our research from the laboratory into a prototype toothpaste.”

According to the latest Global Industry Analysts report the world market for toothpaste is forecast to reach $12.6 billion by the year 2015, an increase that has been spurred by product innovations, rising population and greater oral hygiene awareness.

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