Lately I have been getting more questions about whether some of the new toothpastes hitting the market will actually work like the advertisements say they will. I thought it would be helpful for my Scottsdale patients, as well as those at our Phoenix and Tempe locations to share my professional opinion.
Last year I caught wind of a toothpaste that was bound to be the 'end all.' Livionex is a new concept in tooth care... it actually isn't a toothpaste at all. It is a tooth gel. Consumers are likely to be surprised when this fluoride free gel doesn't foam at all in your mouth. Instead, it is more of a watery, drooly feel.
Livionex claims to work better than traditional toothpastes. Instead of having fluoride, Livionex uses Edathamil. Think of Edathamil like a little magnet- a sort of scavenger. The Edathamil molecule grabs hold of foreign material so that it can then be spat out. They tout that using it will reduce your chance of gingivitis and cavities. This is in contrast to the long history of scientific evidence supported by the ADA that proves a Fluoride-containing toothpaste is better at preventing cavities than a similar paste without Fluoride.
I bought a tube of this futuristic tooth gel to try it out, and here's my review on Livionex: Pros: The concept of Edathamil is promising. This would be good for patients who oppose Fluoride. More research needs to be done before it can earn the ADA seal of approval. Cons: Livionex is proprietary and expensive. We need to see better evidence before we can justify the cost compared to Crest or Colgate. Lastly, the watery feeling you get while brushing with Livionex is just a bit odd.
More recently, a patient found a post about a super toothpaste that can repair your teeth while you're sleeping. Actually, most toothpastes are designed to do that, but this one is a little more promising. For the past several years, researchers have worked on a material referred to as 'bio-active glass.' The idea here is that you can combine these tiny silicate particles with other useful molecules like fluoride or calcium. These compounds can then serve to strengthen your teeth. The research has been so successful, that we are now seeing these bio-active particles in the filling materials we use to repair cavities.. Biologically, they are more compatible with the natural makeup of the teeth, and they provide a strengthening benefit as well.
Biomin has used this technology in their new toothpaste formula. The concept is supported by sound research. For those of us on the west side of the Atlantic, we may have to wait a while to get it. The UK based company is working on developing distribution partners.
I will work to get a sample so I can give you my full opinion as a consumer. So far, here is my take: Pros: Biomin and similar products are bound to revolutionize the tooth care business. They will be much more effective at delivering fluoride and calcium into your enamel for optimum resistance to cavities. Cons: We don't yet have FDA approval. Once that is in place, it may be even longer before we get the ADA seal of approval.
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Waterfront Dentistry, Scottsdale, AZ
Until next time,