• Keep 32 molecule discovered, No more tooth decay.
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[quote]If you enjoy eating [URL="http://www.geek.com/articles/tagged/sugar"]sugar[/URL]-filled food, then you likely dread that trip to the dentist. Lots of sugar can end up meaning painful tooth cavities unless you take extra care and brush and floss at least twice a day.A new molecule has been discovered that might make tooth cavities a thing of the past, though. One thing is for sure: it’s going to have a few dentists worried about their careers. It’s not actually sugar that causes cavities, it’s the [URL="http://www.geek.com/articles/tagged/bacteria"]bacteria[/URL] Streptococcus Mutans. This bacteria metabolizes the sugar in your mouth and turns it into lactic acid which then attacks your tooth enamel. When that happens your teeth become vulnerable to decay and cavities can form. So, if you remove Streptococcus Mutans from the equation you stop the decay from happening. Jose Cordova, a researcher at Yale University, along with Erich Astudillo from the University of Chile, have discovered a new molecule called Keep 32 that kills Streptococcus Mutans. The pair already have a patent pending and now want to begin human trials to prove it works. That should take no more than 18 months if they find funding. If successful, Keep 32 could make its way into toothpaste and other tooth care products, but it could also be added to food to stop the bacteria from causing damage at the time of eating. If Keep 32 works as described, you can guarantee there will be a lot of interest from the dental and food industries, and in particular companies that currently provide tooth care products. Hopefully one of them doesn’t acquire the patent and shelve it so as to ensure we all keep buying toothpaste and going to the dentist for repair work.[/quote] [IMG]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_B1LlYh6iKqs/Sq7vDn5mSHI/AAAAAAAAAvw/IQGKeesiTh4/s400/rotten-teeth-4.jpg[/IMG] Source:[URL]http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-cetera/keep-32-molecule-discovered-kills-the-bacteria-that-causes-tooth-decay-2012079/[/URL]
This isn't the only one either, there's also STAMP C16G2 which I think has already begun human trials, it specifically targets S. mutans and leaves all the other good bacteria that you need to have.
So I can eat loads of sugar without worrying about my teeth turning to crap?
[QUOTE=carcarcargo;36720424]So I can eat loads of sugar without worrying about my teeth turning to crap?[/QUOTE] By no means does it say you SHOULD, but pretty much. Keep in mind though, this probably won't be available for quite some time.
YEEEEESSS! I have been waiting for this moment. I fucking love science.
That's cool, I wonder how long it'll be before people start claiming it melts their gums or whatever though.
I eat quite a lot of sugary things, and I have no trouble keeping my teeth clean. This would totally make it easier for a lot of people, but I do think that a lot of the time it's just a matter of how good people are at hygiene in general.
Coke should buy the patent and put in their drinks.
Every dentist is now shitting themselves.
[QUOTE=markg06;36720459]That's cool, I wonder how long it'll be before people start claiming it melts their gums or whatever though.[/QUOTE] Well that's what testing is for, this thing still has years of trials to go before it becomes available IF it passes the trials.
[QUOTE=mysteryman;36720437]By no means does it say you SHOULD, but pretty much. Keep in mind though, this probably won't be available for quite some time.[/QUOTE] Roughly the same amount of time it would take a dentist starting off in college to get done and then realize that there is no field any more.
[QUOTE=kebab52;36720707]Every dentist is now shitting themselves.[/QUOTE] Because dentists don't want people to have good teeth?
[QUOTE=CheeserCrice;36721089]Because dentists don't want people to have good teeth?[/QUOTE] This would take their living away. So yeah they would be shitting themselves.
but what about diabeetus
[QUOTE=Da_Maniac_;36721113]This would take their living away. So yeah they would be shitting themselves.[/QUOTE] I don't see why you would go for a profession where everybody hates you anyway.
if this disappears and goes unheard of im flipping my shit, science is great
Damn, I've always thought this kind of thing was fiction. I mean, this is [I]amazing.[/I] I hope to god that this sees the light of day and is one day soon on the market.
[QUOTE=alien_guy;36720613]Coke should buy the patent and put in their drinks.[/QUOTE] Genius.
Eating starch-filled foods such as potatoes or crackers is actually worse for your teeth. While sugar by itself gives more energy to the bacteria that cause plaque, starch hangs around for a lot longer in the mouth. Sugar is dissolved by saliva and carried away very quickly. Yay for QI.
I can't wait for my kids to be old enough to brush their teeth. And never do it again after that.
[QUOTE=FalconKrunch;36721130]I don't see why you would go for a profession where everybody hates you anyway.[/QUOTE] Don't work for the IRS then. :v: My family loves our dentist. We changed from our previous because she was simply bad at her job. Jabbing and stabbing. My mother never cried at the dentist until that lady.
[QUOTE=Da_Maniac_;36721113]This would take their living away. So yeah they would be shitting themselves.[/QUOTE] Not necessarily. It might make them a tad bit less useful, but there's still a lot of shit they'd have to work with. There probably wouldn't be as many fillings, but other things are still needed. Things like checkups, repairing damaged or cracked teeth, and so on.
[QUOTE=Da_Maniac_;36721113]This would take their living away. So yeah they would be shitting themselves.[/QUOTE] There's still plenty of other orthodontical practices we'd still need, such as correcting misalignments and forensics. Practically ninja'd, good job
They should think up a better name, it sounds like something you'd find in your WINDOWS folder
[QUOTE=TehMentos;36720551]I eat quite a lot of sugary things, and I have no trouble keeping my teeth clean. This would totally make it easier for a lot of people, but I do think that a lot of the time it's just a matter of how good people are at hygiene in general.[/QUOTE] Not everyone carries the same quantity of S. mutans, some people have less than others for one reason or another and that means they can maintain better teeth over their lifetime. Others aren't so lucky and treating the problem at it's source will be exactly what is needed. As for the future for dentists, people will still need to correct other problems such as impaction, infections and busted teeth, cavities are only a small percentage of what they deal with.
[QUOTE=i-am-teh-sex;36721651]They should think up a better name, it sounds like something you'd find in your WINDOWS folder[/QUOTE] A adult human has 32 teeth, and this chemical stops teeth from decaying LET'S CALL IT KEEP 32!
[QUOTE=kebab52;36720707]Every dentist is now shitting themselves.[/QUOTE] this prevents tooth decay, not fixing misaligned teeth.
[QUOTE=Da_Maniac_;36721113]This would take their living away. So yeah they would be shitting themselves.[/QUOTE] cavities aren't the only horrible things that can happen to one's teeth.
Oh my, this Keep 32 sounds like a very cool leap forward in dental care. So long as it doesn't cause mouth cancer or turn people into hermit crabs, then by all means plonk this into toothpastes. That way sugar won't be as much of a threat to teeth, even if too much sugar can lead to sugar poisoning and/or diabetes.
So when will the superior Keep 64 molecule be discovered?
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