August 2019

Scientists Believe Teeth Can Be Regrown With Stem Cells

A group of scientists at the University of Plymouth believe they have found the stem cells responsible for tooth formation.  They have also discovered Dlk1, which is the gene responsible for sparking these stem cells into action. This discovery could be revolutionary, as there is currently no way to repair damaged teeth aside from fillings or crowns. According to the CDC, seven percent of Americans have lost at least one tooth to decay by age 17.  Among adults who are 65 to 74 years old,26 percent have lost all their teeth.  Although further research is needed, lead researcher Dr. Bing Hu believes this could be an important step towards “understanding stem cell regeneration.”  Dr. Bing Hu, via Telegraph