Scientists at the Berlin biotech lab OrganoBalance claim to have developed a candy that doesn’t cause cavities, reports Gizmodo. This candy will still make you fat and cause diabetes if you eat too much of it, but at least your teeth won’t rot and fall out.
We know what you’re thinking right now: No. Fucking. Way.
But, as it turns out, cavities are a little more complicated than most of us think. Cavities are actually caused by Streptococcus mutans, a bacteria in food that attaches to the surface of your teeth and then slowly releases an acid that dissolves away the enamel. Then there’s another type of bacteria called Lactobacillus paracasei (found in kefir) that has a sugar on its surface that binds to the Streptococcus mutans, preventing it from attaching itself to teeth.
So, the awesome scientists at OrganoBalance thought to engineer a candy featuring a heat-killed version of Lactobacillus paracasei—so it doesn’t cause any harm itself but still sticks to the bad bacteria. When test subjects ate the candy with the dead version of the bacteria, researchers found that the level of Streptococcus mutans inside the mouths of test subjects was greatly reduced, minimizing the risk of cavities.
As Gizmodo so wisely points out, telling kids “you’ll rot your teeth out” might not carry the same weight it used to.