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Nice nano dentist

A drink that looks after your teeth
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The nice dentist is a cunning combination of nanotechnology and orange juice. You simply pour yourself a glass of nice dentist and drink it, in long, slow gulps. Make sure you swill it around in your mouth very thoroughly.

Inside the drink are billions of nano-sized intelligent computer devices devoted to looking after your teeth. They communicate with one another and, in emergencies, to other devices outside the body. They build a map of your healthy teeth and as time goes on, "learn" every micron of the inside of your mouth.

When they detect problems - even microscopic fractures or the very beginnings of decay - they take action at the nano level to restore the balance. If that means sacrificing some of themselves to act as replacement molecules for new dentine, enamel and so on, then they will.

A few of the nano machines will remain permanently fixed to the inside of your cheeks or the underside of your tongue, to act as information repositories until you have the next drink.

Drinking nice dentist once a day, or even once a week, could mean you would never have to visit a real dentist ever. Best results would be obtained by drinking it from childhood, of course. Adults with particularly bad teeth would probably have to drink an awful lot of nice dentist for it to have an effect, and large-scale repairs might be beyond its capabilities.

And the nice dentist could be added to all kinds of drink. Water, milk, beer, Margaritas...

gilest, Jul 07 2000

GM oral bacteria http://www.sunone.c...les/03-12-00d.shtml
Almost baked. The bad-guy bacteria was genetically modified not to cause tooth decay. Even better, only need one rinse, ever. [rmutt, Jul 07 2000, last modified Oct 21 2004]

what about your hair? http://www.halfbake...idea/perfect_20hair
[mrthingy, Oct 04 2004]

This GM oral link isn't broken http://www.abc.net....stories/s508593.htm
[sartep, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       Invented by John Varley in his novel _Steel Beach_.
brouhaha, Jul 07 2000
  

       There was an OMNI issue in the 80's about theoretical tiny robots such as dental "snails" that would clean the teeth. The repair concept would be a nice addition.   

       I read (on MSN?) that scientists have recently developed tiny robots 1/100th of an inch that can withstand biological fluids. Add some sensors and transmitters, and I think we have a Nice Dentist.
robbob, Jul 08 2000
  

       The first paragraph may have been Brautigan; the remainder is perhaps Judith Hann, and her fine dark perm. Either way, it makes for fine thinking. Thank you.
eehen, Jul 08 2000
  

       I think this is a good idea, but it overlooks the big problem with human teeth: we only get 1-2 sets.   

       This is probably even more in the realm of fantasy, but what i'd like to have is a dental "subsystem" like most sharks: infinite replacements. Cavities, fractures, etc. wouldn't matter, because we'd get new teeth every few years.   

       Oh, and please, no impacted wisdom teeth. :-)
johan, Jul 09 2000
  

       And if you swallow too quickly, they enamel your stomach.
fiftyper, Aug 25 2001
  

       //Make sure you swill it around in your mouth very thoroughly// But swilling usually takes all the niceness out
NickTheGreat, Jul 03 2002
  

       put it in toothpaste - less chance of enamel stomach and longer exposure/higher concentration in mouth
chud, Jul 03 2002
  

       croissant for anything keeping me from going to the dentist
Pericles, Aug 11 2003
  

       if you can get the nano bots to do this - I suggest cancer is a higher priority than caries
peterd, Aug 24 2003
  
      
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