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Dental Cool: Keep 32 Molecule Kills Bacteria that Causes Tooth Decay

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It?s not actually sugar that causes cavities, it?s the bacteria Streptococcus Mutans. This bacteria metabolizes the sugar in your mouth and turns it into lactic acid which then attacks your tooth enamel. When that happens your teeth become vulnerable to decay and cavities can form. So, if you remove Streptococcus Mutans from the equation you stop the decay from happening.

Jose Cordova, a researcher at Yale University, along with Erich Astudillo from the University of Chile, have discovered a new molecule called Keep 32 that kills Streptococcus Mutans. The pair already have a patent pending and now want to begin human trials to prove it works. That should take no more than 18 months if they find funding.

If successful, Keep 32 could make its way into toothpaste and other tooth care products, but it could also be added to food to stop the bacteria from causing damage at the time of eating.

Here?s a link to the posting as well as a link to the original, translated article.

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-Jason Schwartz

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