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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  • ak1058Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:03 am
    thats nasty
    • catylizard
      catylizardWednesday, December 25, 2013 at 7:17 am
      my sister screamed at the real decay and screamed and ran away to brush her teeth
      • paciaThursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:23 pm
        cool i whouldent though
        • cheetahloverMonday, December 9, 2013 at 8:44 am
          that is pretty cool
          • hannah courtezThursday, November 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm
            Very nice article.I love the way you explain the ways of not prevent cavities. Marvelous!
            • computernerd01
              computernerd01Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm
              but its not awesome when you need braces or have braces
              • spacesofchalkWednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10:33 am
                that would be awesome to have sugary foods with out getting cavities.
                • name lollolololWednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10:10 am
                  lololol
                  • candy lover Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10:10 am
                    yup i love candiews there just sooooo delisious . Okay lolololololololo
                    • NameWednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10:09 am
                      candy is awesome so im not going to stop eating candies .!!!!

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