Dentists may see the end to cavities in their lifetime.
At least this is what researchers José Córdoba from Yale University and Erich Astudillo from the University of Chile are hoping will happen.
These two researchers have uncovered a new molecule that kills the bacteria that causes cavities in just 60 seconds.
The new molecule is named Keep 32, after the 32 teeth in the human mouth.
Córdoba and Astudillo report that the molecule can be added to dental care products, telling Diario Financiero Online, “The molecule can not only be incorporated into a gum, but in products like toothpastes, mouthwashes, dental floss, candies, lollipops, dental night gel and others who items that can be kept inside the mouth for at least 60 seconds.”
The 60 second time frame is what’s needed to kill all the Streptococcus Mutans bacteria. The Strep-Mutans bacteria converts sugar in the mouth to lactic acid which eats away at tooth enamel.
Reasearchers remain optomistic, with having completed seven years of successful testing and are now set to start human trials. They further hope that products will be available on the consumer market in about 14 to 18 months if everything continues as planned.
Studies have revealed that more than 1/4 of U.S. children between ages 2 and 5 suffer from severe tooth decay with no end in sight for this trend, but if dentists can get these at-risk kids to at least chew a special gum after they eat, they may be able to reverse the cavity epidemic in pediatric dental care.
Dentists, do you think you will see the end to cavities in your lifetime?
For more on this story see: Can “Keep 32” Chemical Keep You Cavity-free?