Scientists have created a new molecule that may make teeth cavity-proof and may change dental care forever.
The new molecule, named Keep 32, after the 32 teeth in a normal human mouth, can wipe out bacteria that cause cavities in just 60 seconds.
Researchers José Córdoba from Yale University and Erich Astudillo from the University of Chile say that the molecule can be added to any dental care product, like toothpaste and mouthwash and even to products like candies and chewing gum.
Researchers say that as long as the product stays in your mouth for 60 seconds, it will kill all the Streptococcus Mutans, bacteria that transforms the sugar in your mouth into lactic acid which attacks your tooth enamel, making your teeth cavity proof for a number of hours.
Cordova and Astudillo had started researching in 2005, and they want to bring their product to the market in 14 to 18 months, right after they pass human safety trials in the United States.
If the product passes clinical testing, Keep 32 could make its way into toothpaste and other tooth care products and could even be added to food to stop bacteria from damaging teeth at the time of eating.
The researchers say they want to license the patent to dental care manufacturers such as Colgate and Procter & Gamble, and snacks such as Hershey's and Cadbury Trevor.
"We are currently in talks with five interested in investing in our project or buy our patent, which will involve moving abroad to complete product development," he told Chile's Diario Financiero.