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Northwestern Scientists Have Discovered the Microscopic Dental Defects That Rot Your Teeth

July 6, 2020
by Zlati Meyer, Fast Company


Northwestern University scientists have gotten one step closer to figuring out what can compromise tooth enamel. What they found was published in the journal Nature yesterday.

Enamel is the hard level that covers the teeth. Tooth decay, caused by bacteria, weakens this important dental protection.

The researchers used scanning transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography to learn about the chemical nature and structure of enamel.

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