You only get one set of adult teeth in your life and you have to take care of them if you want a great smile. You've probably heard something like that a few times in your life, but science has discovered a new drug that could change what we have come to know about our teeth.
Scientists have discovered that Tideglusib, a drug that was previously used in clinical trials to treat Alzheimer's, appears to have regenerative effects on teeth from the inside out by working on the stem cells in the tooth's center and prompting the damaged part of the tooth to regenerate hard material that most of the tooth is made of.
This drug has the potential to be highly effective for teeth that are at a high risk of infection when the soft pulp has been exposed by trauma or cavities. That would reduce the need for filling, which works great, but a more natural way to heal damaged teeth would be appropriate since our teeth are made up of our physiology.
The team behind the research plans on moving forward to testing on rats next. Being that this drug has already been through clinical trials, hopefully it shouldn't be long before it is made available to the public sometime in the not too distant future.