Researchers find unlikely possible solution for tooth regeneration
SUMMARY: Researchers conducted a study to determine if urine can be used for tooth regeneration.
Posted: August 2, 2013
We all want a beautiful set of pearly whites, but at what cost are we willing to achieve that? According to a recent study published in Cell Regeneration Journal, an unlikely bodily fluid could be used as a source for stem cells to regenerate: Urine. Are you cringing? While some outside scientists like Chris Mason from the University College London said urine wasn't the best starting point for the researchers due to the low amount of cells in the source, the team from China hopes to find a new way to bring teeth back to life.
"It is well known that adult dental stem cells have been successfully applied in tissue engineering research. It has proven to be possible to generate dentin pulp complexes, even whole teeth out of isolated cells," researchers wrote in the study. "Although these approaches could lead to tooth formation, the sources of endogenous dental epithelial stem cells seem to be scarce."
While researchers did find that urine could regenerate patient specific dental tissues or teeth, the end product was not as hard as natural teeth. This research can lead to further studies in the future to eventually find a cure to fully regenerate human teeth.
This study has many critics, some of whom believe that urine is not a suitable source to produce teeth for adults. In the same vein, this could increase the risk of contamination from bacteria. Another study published in the Journal of Dental Research found that cells from the human gums combined with mouse embryonic cells could be used to form human teeth.
Researchers across the globe are searching for ways to grow new teeth that have been lost due to old age and bad oral health habits. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to ensure that you don't lose your teeth. For starters, keeping up with brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly will get rid of bacteria and dental plaque in the mouth. A build up of dental plaque causes serious ailments like gum disease and tooth decay, which could result in tooth loss.
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