My son and I just got back from the dentist where he got his teeth cleaned and received a talk about the best way in which to floss his teeth to prevent a couple of cavities from getting worse. The dentist and hygienist were really nice and I really liked going there, but it got me thinking…
I don’t know if many people remember but a big new technology that was being developed was the ability to regrow your teeth. It sure seems like something that is possible since most kids grow a new set of teeth at adulthood. I haven’t heard anything more about it in years.
If this were done it would be really wonderful and many people who otherwise could not afford dental work could get a new set of teeth. We could all go back to the carefree hygiene of our younger days and enjoy opening beer bottles with our teeth again – lol, maybe thats more of a liability than a benefit. 😀
I talked to the hygienist about it and remarked that it took half a century to finally get trans fats off of the market despite knowing how bad they were for our heart, so I wasn’t expecting progress to be made on this anytime soon but I thought it would be really cool to get a new set of natural teeth for my 90th birthday. Then I said, “Um, that could get really disruptive to the dental industry”, he said, “you bet”. The conversion got kind of quiet after that. 😉
I’m really not much for conspiracy theories but when you think about it there are many lives that would be totally disrupted by introducing a new technology like this into the market place. Suppose somebody developed pill that caused a new set of teeth to grow or a really effective mouth wash that targeted the specific bacteria that causes tooth decay, a major number of jobs could be lost.
If you spend a large portion of your life spending time and energy in any type of vocation you really don’t want somebody coming along and making the need for your occupation unnecessary. I looked around the nice dental office and it is hard to imagine not needing any of it, besides I kind of like getting my teeth cleaned and I’m sure a certain number of dentists would still be needed.
My guess is that funding for the magic tooth regrowing pill (or whatever process they were planning) must of dried up. There are enough people with vested interests in not seeing something like this coming to market that approval for it could be hard to get. Venture capitalists might figure it was a high risk because of this and pharmaceutical company’s make enough so that it might not be that attractive to them to fund it, and governments are cutting back. Plus I’ve heard that hedge funds are causing issues with the biopharmaceutical companies.
If your really into conspiracy theories you might be thinking that somebody already developed it but some big company bought it and is keeping it secrete. (Thats more juicy) 😀
Or maybe somebody is still working on it but it is difficult to do – if that were so I would think there would be some media updates about progress.
Just because you spent your time and effort doing something that became obsolete should not mean that you need to go back to square one to get another degree and compete with kids half your age for jobs.
By making things so difficult like this were really preventing or slowing down many possibilities from happening. If it was just easier to get through life in a satisfying way – being able to do the things you want and having the ability to show generosity to the things you find important – I believe many dentists and others would jump at the chance for an early retirement.
I for one am ready for a new set of teeth and I’d rather not wait for my 90th birthday. I want to go dance on the moon, explore the solar system, live a bit longer and with better health. I guess that is why I’m pushing for a few fixes to our economic system so we can all get there a bit sooner. 🙂