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Scientists develop tooth gel that repairs enamel

Chinese scientists at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine have developed a novel tooth gel that may mean the end of fillings

The answer, researchers from Zhejiang University School of Medicine say, lies in a liquid solution they created by mixing calcium and phosphate ions into an alcoholic solution with the organic compound trimethylamine – this in turn produced tiny clusters of calcium phosphate, the main component of enamel, with a diameter of just 1.5nm.

Once applied to damaged tooth samples, the researchers found that gel had helped create a new layer of enamel about three micrometres thick, just over the course of 48 hours.

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