A DENTAL hygienist who studied at The University of Sheffield is leading a pilot scheme that could help prevent childhood tooth decay.
Laura Rose Brady, aged 24, of Chesterfield, is one of only three dental care professionals nationwide to be chosen to undertake the research by Colgate and the Oral and Dental Health Research Trust.
Laura, who works at a dental practice in Alfreton, Derbyshire, will research a state-of-the-art sealant that can be applied to children’s adult teeth as they come through.
At the moment, dentists have to wait until the tooth is fully through before applying any protective coating, which can mean months go by before the tooth is protected.
Bhupinder Dawett, a dentist at the surgery, said: “We’re delighted to have been given this unique opportunity to undertake this pioneering study.
“If it proves successful, this treatment could benefit children and adults across the country for generations.”
The new sealant will be applied to the back teeth of 60 patients over the next year, and the study will be evaluated within a year to 15 months.