Researchers have realized the potential applications of solar energy in dentistry and are using it to develop improved dental care solutions.
FREMONT, CA: Due to environmental issues related to using fossil fuels, solar energy has sharply developed in recent years. In the current article, dental applications of solar energy have been described. Read on to know more.
The first use case of solar technology in the field of dental care is to kill germs as well as disinfect dental devices. The solar-powered autoclave can convert water into steam without even waiting for the overall container of water to boil. It utilizes broadband light-absorbing nano-particles that can swiftly convert solar energy to steam in an aqueous solution. Such particles use more than eighty percent of the sun’s absorbed energy to produce the steam. The solar-driven autoclave can deliver steam at a temperature ranging from 115 to 135 degrees Celsius within five minutes in a volume of 14.2 liters for a period that is adequate for the sterilization of medical instruments. The steam produces sufficient heat and pressure to kill viruses, microbes, and spores that survive in hostile environmental conditions.
A solar-powered self-contained, portable dental system that contains chargeable battery is used in dental care. It is useful for those dentists who provide services in remote and rural areas. The built-in solar panels co
llect the sun’s energy and use it to power the entire system. There is a solar-driven mobile dental truck too, which has compartments for hearing diagnostics, eye tests, blood tests, and dental check-ups. The solar panels can also charge the vehicle’s lighting on it.
The latest model of the solar-powered toothbrush is also impacting the industry with several benefits. This model of a toothbrush is equipped with a panel and a titanium dioxide semiconductor. When exposed to sunlight, the photosensitive titanium dioxide rods transform light into negative ions that mix with saliva and help decompose and discard dental plaque. It can also effectively combat dental stains and can even clean braces. This toothbrush also offers an antibacterial effect.
Just like any other industry, the oral care sector is trying to utilize solar power to execute many of its operations. Thanks to researchers and dentists who are harnessing solar energy to come up with improved dental care solutions.