A Cavity Free World? Now That, Would Be Cool!

By Meera Dolasia on July 12, 2012

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While a visit to any physician can be terrifying the one to the dentist has to be the worst of all. One never knows when he/she will shake their head in dismay and mouth out the dreaded 'C' word. However if two scientists have their way, cavities will be a word dentists will never be able to utter again.

Researchers Jose Cordova from US-based Yale University and Erich Astudillo from Chile's Universidad de Santiagor recently revealed the discovery of a new molecule that they have innovatively dubbed Keep 32 (as in keep all 32 teeth), which purportedly nips the cause of tooth decay in the bud.

The reason we get cavities when we consume sugary foods and don't brush well is thanks to bacteria known as Streptococcus mutans. Found commonly in the human mouth the microorganisms metabolize the sugar stuck on the teeth and turn it into lactic acid. This in turn slowly but surely, dissolves the enamel, leading to decay.

While using a fluoride fortified toothpaste helps by strengthening the tooth enamel so that it can withstand the lactic acid better, it does not help against the bacteria that create it. That's where the new Keep 32 molecule comes in - it destroys the dangerous organisms before they can react with the sugar.

The best part is that Keep 32 has been in development for almost seven years and is now ready to be tested on humans. This means that if all goes well, it will available to all of us within the next three to four years. What's even better is that it is versatile enough to be mixed in with toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, normal food and even . . . . . candy! The dream day when your parents insist you eat a piece of candy to ensure you don't get cavities, is coming soon!

Resource: geekosystem.com,dailymail.co.uk,now.msn.com

 

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  • Braces :PSaturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:42 am
    I have braces on my teeth. THEY HURT SO MUCH!
    • lgeary
      lgearySunday, October 26, 2014 at 11:31 am
      Yea that would be cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
      • lollypop103
        lollypop103Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm
        So cool I don't want any more cavitys
        • lollypop103
          lollypop103Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm
          no cavity i have about 3 or4
          • kateylolzsup
            kateylolzsupFriday, October 17, 2014 at 10:19 am
            No cavity that would be great I have had 4
            • rose1234
              rose1234Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm
              awesome coool
              • wirdo101Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11:44 am
                boring man leave cavities alone
                • prash
                  prashSaturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:52 pm
                  AWESOME!!
                  • ghekoMonday, September 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm
                    YES NO MORE CAVITIES
                    • mash potatoThursday, September 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm
                      more lollies

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