What we can learn from Shark’s teeth



Jaws, Genetics and replacing lost Teeth.

It’s always a sad moment when one of our patients loses a tooth. We do our best to provide excellent dental care, but sometimes lifestyle or accidents can lead to teeth being lost way before their due date.

At Bancroft Dentistry in Hitchin, Hertfordshire we have many restorative treatments available, including many years experience in dental implants, porcelain crown and bridge work. However, wouldn’t it be great if we could replace a lost tooth with a brand new one, that is made from the same natural tooth tissue?

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have identified a network of genes that is responsible for the life-long tooth regeneration in Sharks. It’s what made it possible for Jaws to keep coming back time after time ……. , but what is really interesting, is that human beings possess the same gene pattern, but not sadly the same ability to replace teeth.

The full article can be found here.

For the immediate future, it’s a good idea to look after the teeth you already have. A healthy diet alongside a rigourous teeth and gum health programme should help you keep smiling for a lifetime. If you are interested in knowing more about looking after your teeth and gums, please contact us anytime for a chat or free consultation.

Best wishes



Dr Frank Goulbourn

Bancroft Dentistry




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