An Alzheimer’s Drug Has Been Shown to Help Teeth Repair Cavities Naturally

An Alzheimer’s Drug Has Been Shown to Help Teeth Repair Cavities Naturally, by Karla Lant.

Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called Tideglusib.

Developed for and trialled to treat Alzheimer’s disease, last year scientists found the drug also happens to promote the natural tooth regrowth mechanism in mice, allowing the tooth to repair cavities.

Tideglusib works by stimulating stem cells in the pulp of teeth, the source of new dentine. Dentine is the mineralised substance beneath tooth enamel that gets eaten away by tooth decay.