Ever since 2005, Chilean researchers have been on a quest to put a finger on the very molecule that eradicates Streptococcus mutans- a highly resilient strain of bacteria that is considered to be the leading cause of dental caries and tooth decay. 7 years later, this very same team of Chilean researchers discovered the “Keep 32” molecule, which when incorporated into toothpaste and other dental products can help you keep all of your 32 teeth.
Yale University molecular biologist Jose Cordova and Universidad de Chille Eric Astudillo, who spearheaded the study, remarks that the Keep 32 molecule tends to eliminate the Streptococcus mutans in under 60 seconds, thereby effectively reducing dental decay.
The Keep 32 molecule has now become part of a much larger body of research that is centered on reducing the growth of Streptococcus mutans. In November of 2011, for instance, a team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles released that involved 12 participants.
The study was centered on a UCLA-developed mouth rinse products referred to as C16G2 that was designed to eradicate Streptococcus mutans. The study which was later absorbed by the Colgate-Palmolive Technology Center had already appeared in the Caries Research 2011 and is set to undergo further and more comprehensive clinical research.
Meanwhile, Cordova and Astudillo already have a patent pending on the Keep 32 molecule. If larger scale research is able to confirm its consistent effectively on humans, Keep 32 is set to be cleared for incorporation into commercial dental products in the next 14 to 18 months.
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