It isn’t quite as awesome as if they discovered an anti-gravity molecule, but the anti-cavity molecule that was recently identified by dental researchers could still have some pretty cool applications.
The molecule has been named Keep 32, after the 32 teeth in a normal human mouth. A researcher at Yale University named Jose Cordoba and his partner at the Chilean Universidad de Santiago, Erich Astudillo, claim that the Keep 32 molecule can kill the bacteria that cause cavities. It could make cavities a thing of the past, they say.
Research into the molecule began in 2005 and we are supposedly only 14 to 18 months away from it hitting the market (assuming it passes all the safety tests, of course).
The molecule reportedly can be added to any mouthwash or toothpaste, and even to non-dental products like gum and candy, so it has the potential dramatically change the world of dentistry. Wouldn’t it be a crazy irony if candy ultimately became the product that ended cavities once and for all?
Just think–the horrible fear of the dentist’s drill could soon be a thing of the past. While that would obviously be a very good thing, I think I would kind of miss the bizarre feeling that you get when you leave your dentist’s office with your mouth still completely numb from Novocaine.