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Fluorinex device claims to protect teeth against cavities for five years

Evan Blass
02.03.06
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We're not sure if we believe the claims being offered here (mainly because we don't understand the science behind it), but Israeli company Fluorinex says it has developed a method for protecting teeth against cavities through the use of mild electrical currents. The system involves slathering some special gel inside a form-fitting mouth tray, inserting into the mouth, and zapping the tray with six to nine volts from a battery or wall socket (two models are available-unfortunately we couldn't find a pic of the one that tethers the person's mouth to a live outlet). According to news site IsraCast, the five-year protective layer is formed by "an efficient ion exchange process through an electro-chemical reaction in which fluor ions displace the hydroxide ions at the outer layer of the tooth." Anyone care to help us translate? Once Fluorinex gets the kinks out of this system, you should be able power-up your choppers with a quick visit to the dentist- and then it's five years of pure no brushing, no flossing, opening-beers-with-your-teeth heaven.

[Via IsraCast and Slashdot]

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