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

By Meera Dolasia on July 12, 2012

CCSS NAS-2 Word Search

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

 

Share by EmailShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on TwitterShare on tumblrShare on StumbleUponShare on PinterestShare on RedditShare on Edmodo
138 Comments
to use your custom avatar.
  • 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 .!!!!
                    • CandySaturday, October 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm
                      I love candy yay!

                      Vocabulary

                      enamelfortifiedinnovativelymetabolizepurportedlyversatile

                      Geography

                      Chile, South America

                      Most Popular Articles

                      World's Biggest Spider Weighs As Much A Newborn Puppy
                      Just In Time For Halloween - A Real-Life Ghostbuster!
                      Diwali, India's Glittering Festival Of Lights!
                      Russian Fisherman Catches Fish With "Human Teeth"
                      Just In Time For Halloween - A Real-Life Ghostbuster!
                      Making Sense Of The Ebola Virus
                      The World's Deepest Pool Is Scarily . . . Deep!
                      Minecraft As A Mandatory Subject In School? Sweet!
                      Boo Mania Sweeps Over America (And The World)!
                      Are You Ready To 'Gangnam Style'?
                      Video Of The Week - If Frozen Was A Horror Movie . . .

                      Latest Comments

                      Jp64z wrote:

                      Im so popular
                      US Billionaire Paul Allen Pledge...

                      yo the bro wrote:

                      Im going to eat one of those for...
                      World's Biggest Spider Weighs As...

                      Awesome girl wrote:

                      Omg! that's soo adorable!!!!
                      Why Little Penguins At Australia...

                      ALA