Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Is There A Vaccine Against Cavities?
Cutting-edge dental news from Miami Dentist , Dr. Carroll.
Could Dental Cavities Be a Thing of the Past? Dental cavities are a global epidemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) among industrialized nations, 60 to 90 percent of school children and most adults have cavities. Here in the United States, dental caries, the disease which leads to cavities, is the most common childhood disease, nearly 5 times more common than asthma. Fortunately, the latest dental research shows help may be on the way. Researchers at The Forsyth Institute have made significant advances in research to develop a vaccine against cavities. The research team has discovered key molecules that can stimulate a human immune response attack cavities at their source.
You are still a few years away from seeing a vaccine on the market, but research is moving fast. The vaccine may inhibit the enzyme that allows bacteria to accumulate on your teeth, making dental cavities a thing of the past. Bad news for adults: Since bacteria have already begun to accumulate on your teeth, chances are the vaccine would have little impact on your oral health as an adult. However, in the future if children are vaccinated around the age of 1, it could give them cavity-free future. Around this age their immune systems are strong enough handle the vaccine, yet the probability that bacteria have begun to accumulate is low.
While a vaccine against dental cavities could reduce the number of cavities for future generations, it would not replace proper dental care, such as regular brushing, flossing and dental check-ups and cleanings.
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