Jul, 2021 - By WMR
The device is attached with the teeth, preventing individuals from opening the mouth wider than two millimeters with the help of magnetic devices.
Researchers from University of Otago and UK have presented the "first device for weight loss in the world" which is attached with the teeth, preventing individuals from opening the mouth wider than two millimeters with the help of magnetic devices along with locking bolts that are custom-manufactured. Researchers state that the medieval-sounding device, which is secured to first molars through orthodontic cement with the help of a dentist, does not restrict speech or breathing, however holds patients to an all fluids diet. As per this British Dental Journal published study, seven obese, healthy participants carried these devices for 2 weeks. They were provided with a liquid diet that is commercially-available to follow, having energy of 1,200 kcal / day. Average weight loss during this time span was nearly 6.36 kg (14 lb).
The device of jaw-lock seems of having been conceived for a less dangerous, less invasive along with a more gentle way of achieving what the doctors were aiming for during the 1980s, when a couple of obese patients had their jaws wired shut surgically– a practice which left individuals at serious choking risk, if in case they vomited. For avoiding that probability, the DentalSlim Diet Control came with the tool of emergency unlocking for patients, to bring with them all the times. No participant of the study informed having used the key, though one patient self-confessed of "cheating" through sneaking in fizzy drinks and melted chocolate. Professor Paul Brunton, the project’s lead researcher, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at University of Otago Health Sciences, says that this supports them for establishing new habits, enabling them for complying with the diet of low-calorie for a time period. It is a reversible, non-invasive, economical along with attractive alternative for surgical procedures. Important fact is that there aren’t any adverse consequences of this device.