Written by: Editor on September 17, 2012 @ 1:26 pm
Researchers at Yale University and Universidad de Santiago in Chile have made a groundbreaking discovery in the field of dental medicine. Keep 32, a chemical named after the 32 teeth in the human mouth, has been shown to completely eradicate cavity-causing bacteria from the mouth with as little as 60 seconds of exposure. Today, your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to discuss how this chemical works and its potential application in dentistry.
What is Keep 32?
Keep 32 is a molecule that, in testing, was able to completely eliminate the presence of Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria responsible for the development of tooth decay and gum disease. The recent publication of these results is a turning point in five years of research.
What Does This Mean for the Future of Dentistry?
The researchers are currently seeking funding for human trials. They have been issued a provisional patent for the molecule, and the patent holder, Erich Astudillo, states that this molecule could be incorporated into a number of products. These include the usual suspects, like toothpastes and mouthwashes, but also gums, candy, lollipops, or any substance that could be held in the mouth for at least 60 seconds.
One in five Americans is suffering from untreated cavities, making tooth decay a national health problem. Until Keep 32 is proven safe for human consumption, Dr. Askari recommends brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and keeping your six-month exam and cleaning appointments at Comfort Dental Spa.
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