By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Technology
'Keep 32' can be added to products like candy or gum to wipe out bacteria that causes tooth decay.
How do you like the idea of chewing gum that can make your teeth cavity-proof?
It's not only possible, but it could very well be available within a couple of years thanks to the discovery of a molecule that kills bacteria that causes tooth decay. Instead of brushing, "Keep 32" can be added to products like candy, gum and almost anything really. Just make sure its kept in your mouth for at least a minute for the anti-bacterial agent to clean house and keep those pearly whites sanitized for hours.
The research, which began in 2005, was conducted by José Córdoba of Yale University and Erich Astudillo of the Universidad de Santiago in Chile. The pair is preparing for human trials to test efficacy in real-world use and to ensure such a product can be used safely. Once successfully completed, they plan to license the patent to an established player in the dental care field such as Colgate or Proctor and Gamble. Ultimately, the hope is to get such products into the market in 14 to 18 months, according to Gizmodo.
One issue that might complicate matters is that the molecule might technically be classified as an anti-biotic. Unlike fluoride, the active ingredient in toothpaste, works to eliminate Streptococcus Mutans, the bacteria known to use sugar to produce acids that erode tooth enamel. Fluoride fights cavities by preventing the acid from dissolving, or demineralizing the hard and shiny substance that protects the teeth. And since anti-biotics are administered carefully and in a controlled manner to prevent bacteria from developing anti-biotic resistance, the researchers will likely need to demonstrate how Keep 32 can be used widely without consequence.
This is one potential boom-or-bust breakthrough to keep an eye on.
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Jul 10, 2012
I pleased to see such a wonderful blog and the researches are great on making your teeth cavity proof. http://www.your-local-dentist.net/
You are right ronangel. Years back someone came out with a solution that when used to rinse your mouth it would do something like change your mouths bacteria from a positive to a negative (been a while so not sure exactly how it worked). You could eat all the sugar you wanted and your teeth would not decay. It worked but nothing was ever heard about it again. My wife and I have been using a small amount of Peroxide while brushing our teeth for 12 or so years now. She also gargles with it. Prior to this we had many cavities and gum problems. Now we go in for cleanings about every 3 to 4 years and our dentist is simply amazed at how clean our teeth are. After smoking for 28 years my teeth have even whitened!
Interesting innovation! I wonder how long it will be before we see this as a mainstream offering. However, it is important for us to remember that brushing, flossing, avoiding too many sugary drinks and snacks, and visiting the dentist for routine cleanings and exams go a long ways in preventing decay. Read more about taking care of yourself and your teeth at www.dentalinsurance.org.
I recently had my dentist remove all of my fillings (25 of them). My cavities are currently hardening up and forming new dentin. All this took was cutting out sugar and grains from my diet while making sure I ate a nutritionally dense and balanced diet. If I continue on a responsible diet there is hope that my cavities will eventually fill back in as well. Most people don't know that this is possible because they are on terrible diets.
This will never get on the market same as water powered cars. If it did dentists would be out of business in half their numbers a few years from now. I wonder if they have a dental hit squad local anaesthetic injected into the blood stream instead of gum is fatal, police would have a lot of suspects to who put the hit on the both designers ( Grin)
Yet another way for the big pharma companies to poison us while getting richer. I am disgusted that this article does not even say what the "molecule" is... BTW, this does the same thing: Xylitol Gum (and probably better.)
I had excessive fluoride treatments as a child because we moved a lot and always forgot when I had them last. Dentists don't like to overdo the fluoride because you can get black spots on your teeth. IMHO, someone needs to find that sweet-spot I'm in - a proper amount of fluoride to get nice thick enamel. I've drank more than my share of soda and chewed sugary gum, rarely floss, and I brush thoroughly once in the morning.