Oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease could be cured with a new type of toothpaste, scientists say.
The solution could be a gel, but how it would work is still unclear, according to a study published in the Journal of Oral Biology.
The gel could be made by using a polymer that absorbs water and then reacts with a substance in the toothpaste to form a gel that is then extracted from the tooth.
The researchers suggest using a gel made from a combination of water, carbon dioxide and silicon dioxide.
They suggest it could be used to treat tooth decay or prevent gum disease.
This study is the first to show a gel-based solution can be used in the treatment of oral health problems.
The gel could replace other oral hygiene products that are not based on natural ingredients, the researchers say.
Dr. Jodie Pritchard of the University of Sydney in Australia, who led the study, says the gel would have a long-term shelf life.
Pritchard says the solution is not suitable for use on toothpaste or mouthwashes, because it could not be dissolved.
Pitfalls and potential solutionsA major challenge in developing the gel, according with the researchers, is that it could potentially damage the toothbrush bristles, leading to tooth decay.
This could occur because the gel contains a chemical called methylene chloride, which breaks down the protective layer of calcium in the gum tissue, and breaks down protective dentin in the teeth.
Pulverised dental floss and toothpastes contain calcium that has been dissolved in water, but the researchers found that the gel could not dissolve this material.
Pavlova and her colleagues tested a different gel, which contains a mixture of sodium hydroxide and acetone.
The researchers found the gel dissolved in the water, and that the water could be removed from the gel by the acetone, but that the acetate did not dissolve.
In this case, the gel was not as effective, Pritchers study found.
Parmila Dias of the Centre for Oral Health at the University, in Australia said the study shows the potential for gel-containing toothpasties to be effective treatments for oral health.
She said that it may be possible to create a gel solution that is better suited for oral hygiene, and potentially used for treatment of tooth decay, gum disease and gum problems.
Dias said that the researchers are currently working on a similar gel-to-paper toothpaste for use in the United States, and is looking into whether or not to market it commercially.
Pelle Duskin, a research scientist at the Swedish Medical Research Council in Stockholm, who was not involved in the study and was not part of the research, said that gel-type toothpastie solutions could be an option.
Duskin said that although gel-like toothpastries could be useful in treating oral health, they could also be harmful to teeth and mouth.
She said that when it comes to gum disease, she thinks the gel-in-paste approach is the most effective.
Dossey is an assistant professor of oral biology at the Harvard Medical School and was the lead author of the study.