An Intraoral Light Device with Antibacterial Action: At the Borders of Science, Technology and Business
PhotOral, Inc. is working with designers to create a device that will either look like a mouth guard or a lollipop that will contain blue light LEDs that can be recharged between uses. Inserted into the mouth twice a day for 30-60 seconds, it aims to selectively target pathogenic bacteria, and as a cumulative effect, suppress them to prevent periodontal disease. The mouth has about 700 types of bacteria, some of which are good and others harmful. Current methods now like dental floss, tooth brushes, and antiseptics aim to eliminate everything. They also kill the good bacteria in the oral cavity. We want to restore a healthy bacterial balance in the mouth and prevent disease.
Dr. Soukos is a translational medical scientist and entrepreneur with expertise in the field of photomedicine and oral medicine. He is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of PhotOral, Inc., a life science startup that is creating the first intra-oral blue light wellness device using licensed technology from The Applied Molecular Photomedicine Laboratory at Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is an Academic Teacher in the Departments of Physics and Biology at Northeastern University. Dr Soukos formely directed the Applied Molecular Photomedicine Laboratory (the first photomedicine lab in the field of oral research worldwide) at the Forsyth Institute (2002-2015).