The Mouth is the Mirror of the Body
We are an aging population and as a result, prevalent common diseases push the related societal costs through the roof. Many of these diseases could be mitigated, or even prevented, with simple means if discovered at an early stage. One example is osteoporosis, which affects 50% of women and 25% of men above the age of 50. Today, osteoporosis is commonly discovered in connection to a fracture. Since it often strikes wrists, hips, vertebras and upper arms, the risk of remaining disablement is high. Annually in Sweden, more than 70 000 fractures caused by osteoporosis occur and the total osteoporosis cost amounts to 300 billion in the EU every year.
What many don’t know is that the mouth, throat and teeth are early indicators of several common diseases. At the same time, almost 90% of the population visit the dentist on a regular basis. Despite this, the role of dental visits has been limited to regular oral care. Furthermore, the industry still uses obsolete tools and is yet to be digitalised.
Boneprox has found a way to bridge this gap. Through patented AI-analysis of already existing data, e.g. dental x-ray pictures, common diseases can be identified at an early stage, enabling proactive interventions as a consequence. Their solution doesn’t only give the dentists increased revenue, but it also contributes to an improvement of the general public health. For patients, the personal distress will be limited with simple, preventive countermeasures like exercise, varied diet or medication.
“The mouth is the mirror of the body” is a well-established fact among health professionals and was something Kjell Kärrbrink wanted to make use of with his background as a dentist. Back in 2005 he discovered a method to diagnose osteoporosis through dental x-ray pictures. Ten years later, his grandchild Anton, together with the brothers Theodor and Peder Remman, inherited the finding with the objective to commercialize it. Together with Shreya Desai, Head of Machine Learning, and Poya Kaboteh, Platform Developer, Boneprox is today on a trajectory to revolutionize oral care as it is seen today. The team is located in Gothenburg and Oslo.
At BackingMinds, we are convinced that proactive care will have an essential part in limiting the increased personal suffering from common diseases as well as reducing health care costs. This will not be made with conventional tools, but instead, be driven by digitalization and technology. While traditional health care has faced a huge disruption during the past years, dental tech is still in its infancy – strangely enough.
The team behind Boneprox has found a way to bridge the gap between health and dental care by making dentists an important complement to the early diagnosis of common diseases. With their plug-in solutions, integrated with already existing dental x-ray systems, the company is a scalable company with huge potential. In addition to the osteoporosis analyses, Boneprox has built a Saas-platform where dentists get access to specialists. This solution supports an immediate resource of diagnosis and treatment for other diseases, such as mouth cancer. With an innovation that taps into diagnostics, preventive care, as well as women and elderly health while disrupting the dental industry, it is a company of the future.