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16 October 2017

A substance that stopped tooth decay from happening.

Wouldn’t it be great if scientists invented a substance that stopped tooth decay from happening? Well, they may just have done that. US researchers have recently developed a small artificial molecule that prevents the bacterium Streptococcus mutans, which occurs in our mouths and is the main culprit in tooth decay, from attaching itself to the surface of teeth and causing damage. The new substance inhibits an enzyme that allows the bacterium to create a sticky biofilm gluing it to the tooth surface and releasing enamel-destroying lactic acid.

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