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Stumptown Startups: Using candy to fight cavities

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Most of us have a fear of the dentist, especially that dreaded drill.

But who doesn't like a good piece of candy?

Now Sam Dyer with Loloz says you can have a tasty treat and fight cavities at the same time.

"I think this is absolutely a game changer," Dyer said.

It's the brainchild of a doctor out of UCLA who studied about 2,000 ancient herbs and remedies to see if they had any real medical benefits.

Dyer says that doctor discovered licorice root has amazing abilities to kill harmful mouth bacteria, and figured out a way to harness it.

So Dyer's company bought the formula from that doctor and started making lozenges and lollipops.

"This really is the world's first anti-bacterial, anti-microbial candy," Dyer said.

Dyer knew he was on to something when his own son got a few cavities after a trip to the dentist. He gave him some Loloz and says the results were impressive.

"We brought them back to the dentist later (and) he said, 'You must be doing everything I told you to do,'" Dyer said.

Users must take at least two candies per day for 10 days, after which Dyer says they'll be better protected from tooth decay for up to six months.

Stumptown Startups: Untangle those ear buds

Stumptown Startups: Untangle those ear buds »Play Video
John Friess demonstrates his tangle-free Snap Buds.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Apple is known for its cool designs and easy-to-use products. But some say they haven't been able to perfect one aspect of their technology -- their ear buds.

Stumptown Startups: Finding free birthday fun

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If it's your birthday, you could setup a whole day full of fun, free activities, thanks to a new app called bdayfreeday.

A free drink, a round of mini golf on the house, or how about learning Jiu Jitsu without paying a dime? 

Stumptown Startups: A brotherly business fashions wooden glasses

Stumptown Startups: A brotherly business fashions wooden glasses »Play Video
Josh Cooksey, of McMinnville, Oregon, cuts out a pair of glasses from wood using a scroll saw. He and his 15-year-old brother, Matt, have created their own line of wooden glasses.

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Most kids their age might spend their free time playing video games or hanging out with friends.

Stumptown Startups: 'Power to the people' kind of investing

Stumptown Startups: 'Power to the people' kind of investing »Play Video
Nick Lambert's company, Machine Studios, was one of the first companies featured on Chroma Fund's website.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- They are just starting out. There're only two companies you can invest in so far, but Chroma Fund CEO Marcus Estes says thanks to the booming tech industry in Portland, that number could eventually be in the hundreds.

Share your lip balm, skip the germs

Share your lip balm, skip the germs »Play Video
Abby Schwalb (right) and her business partner Liz Moscow appear on ABC's Shark Tank.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- She is the latest local entrepreneur to step into the Shark Tank.

Local startup hopes sharks have a sweet tooth

Local startup hopes sharks have a sweet tooth »Play Video
Workers at Scratch & Grain assemble the company's "Cookie Kit."

TIGARD, Ore. -- Welcome to the worldwide headquarters of Scratch & Grain, the latest startup to get the attention of the sharks.

Taya Geiger and Leah Tutin will be featured on ABC's Tuesday night episode of Shark Tank. They are neighbors turned business partners. Leah came up with the idea of an easy-to-use baking kit back in 2012 after her kids wanted to make some cookies at home.

Startups find success with help from Oregon Story Board

Startups find success with help from Oregon Story Board »Play Video
Nick Lambert of Mountain Machine Studios takes the stage at the Hollywood Theater to talk about his startup success with Oregon Story Board.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- They sold out an entire room at the Hollywood Theater. Hundreds of people came to hear about the success of five startups that turned their dreams into reality, thanks to a lot of help from Oregon Story Board.

Nick Lambert of Mountain Machine Studios thought it would be easy to develop his idea into an app until he realized just how hard it was.