What Beavers Can Teach Us About Tooth Enamel
Beavers don’t brush, floss, or do regular fluoride treatments, but they still manage to have enamel that is stronger and more resistant than ours. The chemical structure of beaver’s teeth has a great deal of iron, that keeps the teeth strong, protected, and healthy. So what can we learn about tooth decay and enamel from beavers?
The iron in a beaver’s teeth is extremely resistant to tooth decay, and the science behind it could help researchers understand how we can improve fluoride treatments to better fight decay. This could help us fight tooth decay, which is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world.
The study of beaver’s enamel, which was conducted by researchers at Northwestern University, found that the teeth of a beaver are chemically different from ours but not structurally different. This means that we could incorporate the minerals and chemicals found in the teeth of a beaver into new and improved fluoride treatments.
While it may take a few years to get to the new and improved way of strengthening teeth, change is on the horizon for human teeth to be as strong and cavity-free as beaver teeth.