Scientists in Chile have zeroed in on a molecule that promises to eliminate cavities in the mouth. We all know that the ultimate source of caries is bacteria that attacks the tooth and eventually eats through the enamel into the dentin. In 2005 José Córdova from Yale University , and Erich Astudillo from Universidad de Santiago, decided to go after the source – and eliminate the cavity causing bacteria. Just recently they announced “Keep 32”, which eliminates Streptococcus Mutans in the mouth. They have said it can be embedded in gum, toothpaste and even candy. A user can have results in as little as 60 seconds and keep your teeth cavity proof for several hours.
They are hoping to start human trials in the United States soon, then start licensing it to dental care and candy companies. If they are successful this could represent and massive shift in dental care. Let’s just hope it doesn’t create super bacteria that resists everything we throw at it.
To read more, here is a link to the story via Microsoft Translator, as it originally appears in Spanish.