Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 14 May 2014 11:21
Research involving dental cavities and periodontal diseases had an unintended result: the development of a technique that could locate the potential source of an infection by overtaking the normal processes of pathogens.
Researchers from The University of Nottingham and GSK Consumer Healthcare developed this technique. This method makes it easy enough for the bacteria to be located by a smartphone camera, thanks to the fluorescent markers use to tag the cells. Polymers were grown that essentially adhere to the bacteria, enabling their exact location to be determined.