With all the toothpastes taking the internet by storm, it’s important to know what the ingredients are doing for your teeth. The goal of your toothpaste should be to clean your teeth and keep them healthy.
It’s in the drinking water, mouthwashes, toothpastes, and other oral care products for good reason. Sodium Fluoride has been consistently proved to be the gold standard for protecting teeth from cavities.
The cavity prevention requires it stay on your teeth for at least 30 minutes. Which means you should avoid rinsing your mouth, eating, or drinking water after brushing.
Fluoride can be toxic at extremely high doses and can cause digestive system distress when ingested at high levels. Fluoride poisoning extremely rare and often not serious. But it is why despite the cavity prevention power, high concentration fluoride toothpaste must be prescribed by a dentist.
After decades if not centuries of believing that when we lost our tooth enamel, it has gone forever, Hydroxyapatite burst onto the scene. This bioactive mineral is a naturally occurring calcium apatite—calcium, phosphorous, and oxygen. It has been found to help bones and tooth enamel grow!
That is right. This very rare mineral was highly sought after and expensive until recently when scientists have been able to recreate this mineral in a lab, making it more widely available to companies and consumers. Look for Hydroxyapatite in toothpaste to help strengthen tooth enamel!
Like Fluoride, it needs time on your teeth to get the full benefit, so don’t rinse, eat, or drink for 30 minutes after brushing for best results.
Great taste without the side effects
Not all sweeteners and flavorings are created equal. When it comes to flavoring in toothpaste, Xylitol is great as a natural sweetener – better than most, but the benefits of xylitol may not extend much beyond its sweet taste. Most research agrees that Xylitol use can reduce presence of the bacteria streptococcus mutans (S. mutans), but it is still unclear if that reduction helps prevent tooth decay. Given the lack of risk and potential benefits, xylitol is a great choice as a sweetener in oral care products.