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Leave It To Beavers: What They Can Teach Humans About Dental Health

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Leave It To Beavers: What They Can Teach Humans About Dental Health

Busy little beavers are not getting tooth decay, even though no special fluoridated water is drunk and they don’t brush their teeth. Humans need to learn their secrets! After many years without brushing teeth, individuals would have a mouth full of problems. You may be surprised to find the real reason beavers have good oral health. Different Enamel The pigmented enamel of a beaver contains iron that makes teeth more resistant to acid and harder than regular (human) enamel, even if the teeth are treated with fluoride. The material surrounding the layers of hydroxylapatite nanowires are the core of enamel. However, research has discovered the area of material surrounding the nanowires contain rich minerals including magnesium and iron. This is what controls the mechanical properties and acid resistance. Discoveries showed how regular human enamel provides minority ions of magnesium, but in...

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