Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:52
A molecule has been discovered that destroys the bacteria associated with tooth decay in just a matter of seconds.
The molecule eliminates streptococcus mutans within 60 seconds, stopping any possible development of cavities and tooth decay. Two entrepreneurs—one has a PhD in molecular biology from Yale (Jose Cordoba) and the other graduated from the University of Chile (Erich Astudillo)—have made the discovery.
Because of the natural presence of bacteria in the mouth, streptococcus mutans is often present. It doesn't develop into a potential problem until there is a buildup of plaque. The bacterial colonies then have the ability grow and wreak havoc on the mouth.
That's why it's so important to maintain solid oral health. That way, cavities and tooth decay won't be a problem. But this new molecule has the ability to pinpoint streptococcus mutans and prevent the lactic acid release, dental enamel erosion and the eventual cavity formation.
Before this molecule gets put into practice, safety regulations must first be passed. If all goes well, the product may be readily available by the end of 2013 in products that prevent tooth decay, like gum, toothpaste, mouthwashes, etc.