Goodbye Dentures, Hello Newly Grown Teeth?
Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.
How many teeth do you have?
The average adult has between 28 and 32 teeth. Yours truly still proudly has all 32 of his (including my wisdom teeth).
But it’s very common for folks to get dentures.
Adults lose teeth.
Whether it’s due to an accident or poor teeth hygiene, teeth come and go.
The ideal solution? Just grow more teeth!
Here’s the latest to cross my desk…
Japanese scientists discovered how a specific gene regulates the behavior of molecules known to be key players in tooth development. And it all starts with molecules called bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) and Wnt. These molecules play a key role in the early stages of human development. They regulate the growth of various organs and tissues.
The scientists at Kyoto University and the University of Fukui have taken a closer look at how these molecules impact teeth development specifically. And they discovered that one gene, uterine sensitization associated gene-1 (USAG-1), has the ability to stimulate tooth growth in both mice and ferrets.
Since humans have similar dental patterns as ferrets, this is very promising for we humans.
A single administration could generate a whole tooth
The researchers discovered that the suppression of USAG-1 in both BMP and Wnt can lead to tooth growth. More specifically, they experimented with many monoclonal antibodies (used to treat cancers and in vaccine development).
Imagine how much money you could save for dental work if you could simply grow a new tooth. As children, we had the capability to replace our milk teeth with our “permanent teeth.” Once our permanent teeth died, that was it.
But if we regain tooth renewal capability, perhaps we could start calling them “semi-permanent teeth.”
This discovery could have several implications for longevity, but these two stick out to me the most: tooth health and beauty health. Americans spend millions of dollars every year for both cosmetic and treatment dental work.
With the ability to regenerate teeth again, it’s as if your teeth can live forever! When you lose one, another one pops in!
Until we reach that point, make sure you’re getting the proper amount of vitamins and nutrients to keep your bones, teeth, and overall body strong.
My personal go-to is the moringa oleifera plant.
To your health, Alex Reid
President, Longevity Insider HQ
To your health,