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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  • ebryfczynski24
    ebryfczynski24Friday, May 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm
    Eat LOTS of CANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • pixie_10101
      pixie_10101Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm
      no more cavities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
      • tombboy
        tombboyWednesday, May 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm
        yay lol!
      • tehfroggy
        tehfroggyTuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:47 am
        no more doctor! no more dentist! i can hardly wait!
        • 7jmmc7
          7jmmc7Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6:19 pm
          Lol. Totally.
        • taika
          taikaSunday, May 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm
          I cant wait for that day to come!
          • criticalthinkerSaturday, May 10, 2014 at 3:35 pm
            my dad is a dentist
            • coolbookman
              coolbookmanFriday, May 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm
              is this too "cool!!!"
              • 7jmmc7
                7jmmc7Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm
                Lol.
              • cz
                czThursday, May 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm
                lol a solution to my problem
                • cheergirl3
                  cheergirl3Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:34 am
                  Awesome!!!!! Now nobody would have to miss cheer practice!!!!! :)
                  • iamacow
                    iamacowFriday, April 18, 2014 at 6:45 am
                    Thats awesome!
                    • angelmjohn
                      angelmjohnTuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:59 pm
                      Yeah! Finally a cavity free world!

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