These 3D Printed Teeth Fight Bacteria

dn28353-1_800.jpg__800x600_q85_cropAccording to the World Health Organization, poor oral health is tied to “poor living conditions, low education, and lack of traditions.” Some 26 percent of adults have untreated tooth decay. It’s particularly prevalent in low income populations, and it’s been linked to a whole host of health issues, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia, poor pregnancy outcomes and dementia.

Now, researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have come up with a way to 3D print teeth and other dental implants out of antimicrobial polymers. The new teeth would kill the bacteria, Streptococcus mutans, which collects in the mouth and causes tooth decay.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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