A new chemical that could make teeth "cavity proof" has been discovered. The chemical called "Keep 32," after the 32 teeth of the adult human, was designed by Chilean dentists.
Patients should be excited about the new discovery because the researchers admit it could put dentists out of business once it is available in the market, because people may not have to visit their dentists anymore.
According to the Daily Mail, tests have confirmed that the chemical destroys all bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities in just about 60 seconds. The dentists say that "Keep 32" can be added to any dental care product including toothpastes, mouthwash and chewing gum to make them "super cleansers." The chemical could also be added to food to stop bacterial activity while eating.
The Daily Mail reports that "Keep 32" targets "streptococcus mutans," the bacteria that converts sugar into lactic acid which erodes tooth enamel.
Eliminating Streptocucus mutans prevents the onset of the corrosive chemical process in the mouth that leads to tooth decay. A single application of "Keep 32" is guaranteed to keep teeth "cavity proof" for several hours.
The product has been under scientific study for seven years, and human trials will begin soon.
Researchers Jose Cordoba from Yale, and Erich Astudillo from the University of Chile, say the product could be on the market in 14 to 18 months. The researchers are hoping to license the patent to Procter and Gamble. The researchers say: "We are currently in talks with five interested in investing in our project or buy our patent."