Researchers in Northern Ireland have proved that aspirin is able to reverse tooth decay and treat dental cavities. In a study made by the Queen’s University in Belfast, it was found out that aspirin stimulates the cells at the root of the tooth and it enables the tooth to be renewed.
According to the news in the British press, Professor Ikhlas El Karim, a professor at Queen’s University School of Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, has been studying whether or not aspirin will relieve the need for fillings by repairing tooth stem cells.
The research findings, which were presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Research of the Dental Research of England, showed that aspirin is able to enhance the function of the tooth stem cells and help the damaged tooth treat itself. Recent studies have also shown that aspirin is helpful in the production of the genes needed to produce the own cells.
Professor Ikhlas El Karim stated that they are going to try to figure out how aspirin is going to renew the dentin of the tooth and how to change the need for fillings at a later stage of the studies. However, Professor Ikhlas El Karim does not see it possible to inject aspirin to the teeth.
He said that there is no scientific debate and certainty at this point and that they do not encourage anyone to use aspirin in this way. He added that they are trying to develop something for the teeth after that will prevent tooth cavities and necessity for fillings.
On the other hand, specialists think that if aspirin which is accepted by international health care organizations, is used in dental treatment in the future, great savings can be achieved for the world health system.