Toothache and fillings could soon be a thing of the past according to scientists on both sides of the Atlantic. As a dentist for Palatine, Dr. Jackson applauds such efforts to develop vaccines capable of preventing this dental havoc. Is it a real possibility? Meanwhile, what does Dr. Jackson do to help?

One of the most common infectious diseases known is caused by a bacterium named Streptococcus. This “bug” makes a sticky substance that helps it cling to a tooth’s surfaces, forming a furry layer called plaque. It then damages teeth by secreting large amounts of lactic acid, capable of eroding tooth enamel. The resulting damage may be referred to as a dental “cavity”.

At the Forsyth Institute in Boston, a team of scientists is developing a vaccine against this bacterium. The hope is it can be given to children aged 18 months to 3 years, providing them with the building blocks necessary to fight off cavity causing bacterium before it fully colonizes. Training the body to eliminate the enzyme responsible for producing anchoring goo would allow harmful bacteria to easily wash away. It is thought one vaccination could last a lifetime.

At Guy’s Hospital in London, another vaccine consisting of highly purified antibodies that directly attack the “bug” are being considered. Its approach is technically more passive, requiring yearly immunizations. It is now undergoing clinical trials.

Outside the lab, dental caries (cavities) continue to be a reality. Dr. Jackson and his team are skilled at detecting and repairing existing damages while fortifying teeth against future attacks. Not only does this dentist provide Palatine residents with tested and effective solutions, but aesthetically attractive ones! Log onto our site for more expert tips today.


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