Here we have a group of people handsomely paid to address tooth damage, telling us how to prevent tooth damage.
Problem? I think so judging from the butter churn approach the whole industry takes.
I can think of a few ways we could approach the problem and annihilate tooth pain almost entirely.
I grow weary of dentistry apparently refusing to think and act outside the box. Seriously, dental ‘advances’ to me are anachronistic at best. It’s like seeing a “high tech” wash board.
Here are just a few alternatives off the top of my head.
Now I realize I’m not an expert, and some of these may be invalid at the moment, but to dismiss them out of hand is premature given the potential.
1. A gene therapy or drug that tells the body to shed our teeth and grow a new set.
2. A drug which causes the teeth to fall out, so they can then be replaced.
3. A substance that can be applied at home to fill cavities.
4. A substance that actually rebuilds enamel.
5. Custom tooth replacement. MRI/CAT, CAD, Carve, Swap. (water cutter/prototyper machine to carve the tooth out of titanium, and then color it white, with laser surface manipulation)
6. A locally acting neurotoxin that can kill a given tooth’s nerve without destroying its blood supply. And please don’t tell me what I should or should not want, that’s a separate issue.
7. At home sealants or permanent sealants.
8. Custom plaque feeding symbiotic bacteria.
9. A super toothbrush.
10. A hundred other things I haven’t even thought of.
It’s 2009, and we have custom goats that make spider silk, and the best our dentists can do is needles and drills? We can swap out a person’s face/heart/liver, and defeating cavities is beyond us?
Why has nothing like this been attempted? If it has why did it fail? Money?
Could it be because if they approached the question with the goal of actually answering it once and for all one time preventative measures would destroy a multi billion dollar industry?
My tooth hurts as we speak, and I cannot afford to pay my local sadistic/extortionist.
The fact that teeth even have nerves is just about the most asinine thing about the human body in my opinion, other than the fact that we don’t grow new parts when old ones are removed.
Come on, we make tools capable of literally shredding steel, we can do better.
Edit: The first sense of this post was placed in a forum for student dentists, the reaction was shocking. Here is a link,
It also led to a debate challenge, where in two member of the board followed me to harass me further, one of them actually is an adult established employed doctor of dental surgery.
The debate he has as of this writing failed to accept or decline, is located here.
He has stated he will not participate.