Scientists have engineered a new molecule dubbed “Keep 32” (named after the 32 teeth) that has the capacity to kill cavity-causing bacteria in 60 seconds of being exposed to the mouth. José Córdoba, a researcher at Yale University and Erich Astudillo, from the Universidad de Santiago, Chile both say that this bacteria killing molecule can be added to any dental hygiene product, such as toothpaste, mouthwash, fluoride or floss. They also claim that this new molecule can even be added to candies or chewing gum. Basically, the cavity-fighting molecule can be added to anything that will stay in the mouth for at least 60 seconds.
Producers of the cavityproof molecule are hoping to have their product on the market in as little as 14 to 18 months; they hope to market the molecule to dental hygiene manufacturers like Colgate and large candy companies like Hershey’s. Currently the molecule is going through human safety testing in the United States.
Undoubtedly, Keep 32 will quickly become a hot dental commodity for not only dentists around the world but also parents and people living in third-world countries. With Keep 32, the sky is the limit in dental health. This cavityproof molecule has been a breakthrough in the industry of dental care and will surly make a lasting impact in the lives of millions.