Dr. Keith Ostrosky weighs in on oral health

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Oral healthAn article from DailyMail.co.uk reports that a couple of medical professionals from China are exploring how to cure sensitive teeth. Dr. Keith Ostrosky says oral health should be thought about beginning with young children in order to avoid any issues later in life.

Quan-Li and Chun Hung Chu believe they may have found a way to fix the problem of sensitive teeth, they tell DailyMail.co.uk. Coming from China’s Anhui Medical University and the University of Hong Kong, Quan-Li and Chun have drawn inspiration from the mussel, which uses something similar to the consistency of glue to stick to rocks in the water. This type of sticky substance could help repair damaged teeth, the two believe.

Oral sensitivity is a condition with a wide reach, affecting about 75 percent of the world’s population. People typically have a sensitivity to sweet, sour, cold or hot drinks and food – but this new revelation could help fix that. The condition stems from the deterioration of enamel, the hard outside of the tooth, and dentine, the soft layer underneath the enamel. When those two wear away, the nerves are more easily stimulated by extremes of food and drink.

Dentists have been searching for a way to fix both enamel and dentine at the same time instead of fixing one after the other. This new mussel idea may be the fix.

Dr. Keith Ostrosky is enlightened by the new research, but says there’s no reason to wait until a problem occurs to consider oral health. Something as simple as poor nutrition could be a big issue concerning a child’s oral health, as many often consider the effect a meal at a fast food restaurant will have on their stomach, but not their teeth. Dr. Keith Ostrosky cautions families to eat as healthy as possible at all times. Tooth decay can also stem from two vices many face as adults, smoking and drinking.

Quan-Li and Chun took calcium and phosphate and mixed them with a polydopamine blend. Bathing teeth in the mix proved to reform both dentine and enamel. Teeth that had previously just bathed in the mix of calcium and phosphate only repaired the enamel.

The two believe this could be a very simple and universally-used way to re-establish both enamel and dentine on patients suffering from sensitive teeth worldwide.

Dr. Keith Ostrosky serves the community of St. Paul, Minnesota as the primary dentist at his practice. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental School in 1987.

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