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ONI Biopharma Inc recently completed an initial FDA trial of its "SMaRT Replacement Therapy", the name given to their drug which completely eliminates tooth decay, according to our interview with Dr. Jeffery Hillman, the developer of the cure. Dr. Jeffery Hillman, research professor at the University of Gainesville Florida and research scientist at ONI Biopharma, told Community Crown the cure was discovered during his research in the 1980's, but because of the unique nature of the drug a more complete testing process is in being run before it is placed on the market.
Cavities are caused by a high acid level in the mouth according to oral health experts. That high acidity is primarily caused by bacteria known as S. Mutans. Dr. Hillman pointed out to Community Crown that the harmful bacteria strain, S. Mutans, was not as prolific a few centuries ago when people ate less table sugar (and presumably more nutrient rich fruits and vegetables). Because of the difference in diets from then to now, cavities were not common. However the modern day diet includes many sugars that welcome the cavity-causing S. Mutans bacteria, and also exclude fruit and vegetables that promote healthy teeth ("An apple a day keeps the dentist away"), leading to more cavities in the modern age.
Dr. Hillman found that by replacing the cavity-causing bacteria with a more friendly version which does not cause high acid levels in the mouth, cavities may be prevented completely. While damage already done to teeth may not be reversed, it seems to stop further damage completely. The treatment will be eventually sold in a liquid or gel solution that is to be spread on the teeth. The patient then may eat some sugar immediately to speed up the treatment, as strange as that may sound. Table sugar acts as a glue to help the treatment attach to teeth.
The FDA phase IA trial was recently completed with successful results according to Dr. Hillman, so phase IB is now being planned by ONI Biopharma.
Originally posted by AccessDenied
If those in the food manufacturing industry know how bad sugar is for us, why are these foods allowed to be produced and sold?
Dentists are not the real evildoers, although masochistic by nature I'm sure...they simply sponge off the real evil, those that get us addicted to the wrong foods in the first place.