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Two scientists recently discovered a molecule that will kill bacteria that can cause tooth decay, which means a treatment for cavity-proof teeth is possibly on its way, according to a recent Huffington Post article.

The molecule has been named “Keep 32” by researchers from Yale University and University of Chile in reference to the number of teeth we have. Sugar doesn’t actually cause cavities, but it’s the bacteria that does. “Keep 32” destroys the bacteria that turn sugar into lactic acid, which harms tooth enamel and often leads to decay.

“Keep 32” could kill bacteria in 60 seconds and researchers hope to one day put it in products such as toothpaste, mouthwash or even food.

About 73% of the world’s population has cavities, and Americans spend about $70 billion on dental care a year. Hopefully these new findings will change those statistics.

Until scientists learn more about this new molecule, the best ways for you to prevent cavities are to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, visit your dentist for bi-annual checkups and get dental sealants.

Contact the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to learn more about oral health care.