Aspirin Offers Cure for Cavities
Millions, if not billions, of individuals around the world have had a cavity or some type of dental problem that requires a trip to the dentist. In fact, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, over 90 percent of adults ages 20 to 64 have had cavities in their permanent, and 26 percent of adults in this group have untreated decay. It can be a very painful, and expensive process, that the majority of these individuals would love to avoid. Now, they just might. Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have found that using aspirin to fill cavities can reverse the effects of tooth decay.
Aspirin is traditionally used to treat pain, but researchers have found that aspirin can assist the function of stem cells in the teeth to essentially jump start the regeneration of the damaged tooth structure. It appears that only a low dose of aspirin is required to have a significant increase on the mineralization and the expression of genes responsible for forming dentine; the hard tooth structure that is damaged by decay.
Now, the next step in this research is to find an effective and safe method of delivery of the aspirin for the patient. This will be accomplished through clinical trials, which will begin hopefully in the near future.