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It is hoped that the chemical could be added to toothpastes, mouthwashes, chewing gum and even foods, helping to rid mouths throughout the world of tooth decay.
Researchers say the Keep 32 chemical, so named because of the 32 teeth in the mouth, works by targeting streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that turns sugar in the mouth into lactic acid that then erodes tooth enamel.
A product that contained Keep 32 would effectively act as a 'super cleanser', keeping the teeth safe from cavity-causing bacteria for several hours and
Having undergone seven years of testing already, human trials are expected to start soon and products containing the chemical could be on the market in just over a year's time.
According to the Daily Mail, researchers José Córdoba from Yale University and Erich Astudillo from the University of Chile said: "We are currently in talks with five interested in investing in our project or buy our patent."
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