Tooth Decay Sensing Product Developed by University of Cincinnati Researchers
New Tool for Early Detection of Tooth Decay
A novel product developed by researchers at the University of Cincinnati can alert consumers to the early stages of tooth decay brought on by conditions like gingivitis and periodontitis.
Published Date – 07:45 PM, Sun – 10 September 23
Washington DC: A novel product developed by researchers at the University of Cincinnati can alert consumers to the early stages of tooth decay brought on by conditions like gingivitis and periodontitis.
Identifying the Culprit Bacteria
The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is brought on by bacteria, but not just any bacteria.
- Researchers aimed to develop a tool to identify the specific kind of bacteria responsible for gingivitis.
Challenges and Successful Results
According to Andrew Steckl, an Ohio Eminent Scholar and distinguished research professor at the University of California, the challenge for researchers was developing a tool to identify the specific kind responsible for the sickness.
- The toxin created by the bacteria responsible for gingivitis was challenging to detect.
- Steckl and UC Senior Research Associate Daewoo Han collaborated with Sancai Xie, a principal scientist at Procter & Gamble Co.
- Their results were published in a paper in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Sensors and Diagnostics.
Saliva as the Key
Bacteria from gingivitis can travel through the bloodstream, leading to cardiovascular disease and other serious health problems.
- Saliva is a noninvasive and easily obtainable biofluid.
- Researchers pretreated saliva samples to remove interfering proteins.
- Their test uses antibodies that react to the endotoxins found in the bacteria.
New Opportunities for At-Home Health Testing
The at-home testing industry is expected to generate $45 billion annually by 2031, according to Allied Market Research.
- The Covid-19 pandemic has introduced a wide audience of consumers to the concept of monitoring their health with new technology.
- Researchers see potential for new consumer products in the field of at-home health testing.
Promising Results and Perseverance
Andrew Steckl believes that the results show promise and sees a lot of opportunities for new consumer products.
- Researchers often face challenges and have to persevere in their search for answers.