Written by Dentistry Today Thursday, 05 April 2012 14:35
Scientists are working on a tooth tattoo that could aid dentists in a significant way.
This new tooth tattoo would have the ability to detect early signs of tooth decay.
This tooth tattoo is made up of a chemical sensor, which would be able to notice the early signs of decay. It would then alert a dentist about this information through a type of wireless technology.
The tattoo is currently being worked on by a research team at Princeton University. The technology involved in the tattoo is similar to the technology used in electronic key cards.
This information comes from a research paper, which was recently published in the journal Nature Communications.
The researchers believe this would be an extremely beneficial way to monitor tooth decay. More research is necessary on specific aspects of the tattoo, like whether or not the device could hold up against the brushing. More tests will be conducted to learn about this issue and others that arise before the tattoo would be available.