Within the next few years you can expect a new round of layoffs as Dentists and Dental Technicians are forced to look for a new line of work. Two major advancements in dental are about to bring to an end the need for dentists.
A new chemical known as 'Keep 32' was developed by dentists in Chile and literally eliminates the bacteria that causes cavities.
The chemical could be added to any current dental care product, turning toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gum into 'super cleansers' that could get rid of the underlying cause of tooth decay.Keep 32 is expected to hit the market in the next 12 to 18 months.
But what if you already have tooth decay? Well, there is a solution for you to that is right around the corner.
A new 'tooth patch' has been developed in Japan that replaces lost tooth enamel. The patch creates an ultra hard layer around the tooth. It can even be supplemented with white pigment to whiten teeth.
"This is the world's first flexible apatite sheet, which we hope to use to protect teeth or repair damaged enamel," said Shigeki Hontsu, professor at Kinki University's Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology in western Japan.
"Dentists used to think an all-apatite sheet was just a dream, but we are aiming to create artificial enamel," the outermost layer of a tooth, he said earlier this month.