With the introduction of fluoride, the incidence of cavities was
greatly reduced. Within the next decade, we may see cavities eliminated
CaroRx, a tooth-decay inhibiting treatment produced by California-based
Planet Biotechnology, Inc., is an antibody produced in genetically altered
plants. When painted on cleaned teeth, it prevents the decay-causing streptococcus
mutans bacteria from adhering to teeth.
Keith Wycoff, Planet Biotechnology's research director, said the treatment
should be available to dentists and the public within the next five or six
years. It is currently undergoing clinical trials at the University of
California in San Francisco.