angkhan / iStock / Getty Images Plus
Will Tiny Robots Take Over Our Oral Hygiene?
Research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Science demonstrates that microrobots are capable of brushing and flossing the teeth. The hands-free system uses ion oxide nanoparticles with catalytic and magnetic activity to merge together to create bristles and activate in-sync motion. Initial testing showed that these microrobots are capable of shape shifting to reach most the challenging of spaces to remove plaque biofilm. The system could be a game changer for individuals with disabilities who struggle to adequately perform daily oral hygiene practices. Click here to read more.