Cavity-Fighting Candy

Hurrah! Oral biologist Israel Kleinberg have finally answered the prayers from all dentist-hatin' kids: cavity-fighting candy, made from chemicals in saliva.

The candy is fluoride-free and protects teeth in two ways. First, it raises pH levels to neutralize more acid than saliva alone. Second, it protects the minerals in tooth enamel. Arginine, an amino acid, combines with calcium in Cavistat, the candy's main ingredient, and sticks to teeth -- leaving behind a layer of protection.

Kids who ate two mints twice a day for one year had 68 percent fewer cavities in their molars than children who didn't chew the mints.

"The number of cavities, we think that ultimately is going to get to almost zero," Dr. Kleinberg said.

That would bring a smile to just about everyone's face.

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