It’s not actually sugar that causes cavities, it’s the bacteria 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.
“The molecule has the potential, not only to be harnessed into a gum,
but also in products like tooth paste, mouthwashes, toothpaste sheets,
candies, overnight dental gel, and other products that stay in the mouth
for at least 60 seconds,” explained Erich Astudillo, CEO of Top Tech
Innovations, the firm that sponsored the discovery.
we’ve been looking for financial backing for two years. No one was
interested in putting resources into R&D,” he commented.
After unsuccessfully seeking investors in Chile, the researchers joined forces with the Founder Institute to improve their business model and look for sources of capital internationally.
the moment, we’re having conversations with five parties who are
interested in either investment or buying our patent. This will involve
moving abroad to complete product development,” he explained.