Monday, August 31, 2009

Bluetooth technology for prevention of dental caries.

Med Hypotheses. 2009 Jun 29.
Bluetooth technology for prevention of dental caries.
Kolahi J, Fazilati M.

Torabinejad Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, No. 10, Sayt 180, Shahin Shahr, Isfahan Co 83188-65161, Iran.

Caries is caused when the pH at the tooth surface drops below 5.5. A miniaturized and autonomous pH monitoring nodes can be attached to the tooth surface, like a tooth jewel. This intelligent sensor includes three components: (a) digital micro pH meter, (b) power supply, (c) wireless communicating device. The micro pH meter facilitates long term tooth surface pH monitoring and providing real time feedback to the patients and dental experts. Power supply of this system will be microfabricated biocatalytic fuel cell (enzymatic micro-battery) using organic compounds (e.g. formate or glucose) as the fuel to generate electricity. When micro pH meter detects the pH lower than 5.5, wireless Bluetooth device sends a caution (e.g. "you are at risk of dental caries") to external monitoring equipment such as mobile phone or a hands-free heads. After reception of the caution, subjects should use routine brushing and flossing procedure or use a medicated chewing gum (e.g. chlorhexidine containing chewing gum) or rinse with a mouthwash.

1 comment:

Paul said...

Wow what a surprising technology,I really amazed but it is good news for those who was suffering with Caries problem, that was caused when the pH at the tooth surface drops below 5.5. Hope it may be successful.

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