Teeth Whitening Options
and how those options EFFECT or CAUSE Sensitive Teeth!
Believe it or not, this article may not be written biasely. Just because we make oral care products that do whiten, there are options and consequences when it comes to teeth whitening! Because sensitive teeth is such a hugely problematic issue these days, knowing your choices could really help your teeth healthier for longer!
It’s all about the Saliva
Enamel that is worn and/or demineralized, can get A LOT of help with your saliva! Enamel can be remineraqlized from the inside and outside! Your teeth get “bathed” from the inside with interstitial fluid (the kind that comes from the lymphatic system and it has nutrients in it or LACK of nutrients if you have a bad diet). If you’re ever dealing with serious oral health issues, you may want to consider taking a high powered mineral supplement. We have actually considered formulating and offering one just for teeth (if this interests you, LET US KNOW because it’s expensive for a small business like ours, to get going and to do it RIGHT).
A great study was done with kids that didn’t respond to fluoride and had serious cavities, the study found that most were deficient in strontium and boron, these are necessary minerals for bone growth. Guess what also has these minerals? Our tooth powder.
Bathing your teeth on the outside with what you mix into your saliva is also KEY. You’ve seen our instructions- DON’T RINSE! It’s actually enormously helpful not too. In the past, we’ve all used commercial toothpastes that we had to SPIT OUT and THEN RINSE, but you don’t have to now! In fact, it doesn’t even make sense. Tap water being acidic adds to the drama of enamel demineralization in a rapid way!
Making sure the pH of your mouth is neutral or slightly alkaline, is important and a pretty ignored topic in dentistry and CPG products that make oral care. Commercialized pastes can even be acidic in many cases. Acid creates more of a playground for caries bacteria (the kind that causes cavities) to THRIVE.
Next time you use our tooth powder, DON’T RINSE. Retrain yourself. Think about this topic also when our new SUR’SE oral care tabs come out, they are designed for this specific purpose also!
Saliva pH is not the only issue. It contains enzymes, some are quite useful against bacteria, there are also antibacterial compounds. Mucus in saliva helps moisten the membranes in the mouth. Electrolytes (including bicarb) are secreted into the oral cavity.
(J Nat Sci Biol Med. 2011 Jan-Jun; 2(1): 53–58.)
Basically, all this means that to have GOOD ORAL HEALTH, you don’t have to poison yourself with more fluoride that’s already prevalent in our tap water. Working with your saliva and your body’s natural defenses is a GREAT WAY to keep teeth health and enamel healthy.
When you use our tooth powder, for example, salts/calcium are buffering acids and suspended next to your tooth and enamel is “bathed” in this slurry and absorbed by the tooth each time. It’s why this product has become the HEALTHY and NATURAL way to get off of “desensitizing toothpastes” and provide long term BENEFITS.
RDA Values ARE Important
What’s really considered safe? Sometimes we get people who use tooth powder for the first time and because of how different it is, assume that it’s abrasive. Baking soda has less than 10 for RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasion), and even though it’s not easily dissolved in water, it’s still a pretty health ingredient to use in oral care. This ingredient is our highest RDA values of our tooth powder composition. (Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Jun; 78(11): 4057–4061.)
We are one of the safest options on the market and if you don’t want to brush for a full 2 minutes, our powder is so strong, technically….you don’t really have too. Even the oils in our product help break up biofilms (plaque) fairly quickly as they “dissolve” them rapidly.
Pastes are generally between 60 – 250+ – 250 being HORRIBLE and is often seen in whitening toothpastes!
“Research shows that 50% of toothpaste abrasion occurs in the first 20 seconds of brushing. So the spot that your toothbrush-toothpaste hits first will receive the most abrasion damage. Big toothbrushes and lots of highly abrasive toothpaste, such as whitening toothpastes and Crest Pro-Health, have the potential to do an incredible amount of damage. The Crest Pro-health RDA value is 189!” – Robert Shelton, DDS
Even toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth are around 100 on the scale, which is NOT considered LOW RDA.
What about Charcoal for Tooth Whitening?
Charcoal is very trendy and many of the horrible products jobbed on Amazon and places like this, are just charcoal in a jar OR close to it. Don’t brush with just charcoal unless you do so sparingly. Hardly any studies are available. We’ll save this for another newsletter, but the RDA depends on the composition of the final product. Some reviews about products that are mostly charcoal talk about how it makes teeth sensitive, which is probably correct.
We personally would NOT use it by itself, but our Carbon Bright product was created in a response to this. It’s only a certain % charcoal with other ingredients that are healthy for enamel and gums that also have effective “scrubbing” properties. GET THAT!
Should you really whiten your teeth?
Here’s the juicy part.
How important is your health?
How important is it for you to live PAIN FREE in your teeth?
Those are the question you should be asking if you are considering getting actual whitening treatments. Because the RDA issue with whitening treatments is exponential. We realize that we live in the era of The Kardashians and unfortunately many Americans are obsessed with “fake” white teeth, but the ramifications are extensive.
Knowing that you age as well as your teeth age, it may not be worth it. Teeth that are stain free, are generally Off White, CREME, Vanilla-y.
The two main treatments are:
- Whitening with Peroxides– Usually seen in syringes and teeth whitening “pens” destroy the dentin (top layer of enamel), dulling it or removing it. (Compend Contin Educ Dent. 1998 Aug;19(8):783-6, 788, 790, passim; quiz 796.)
- UV Lights- Tooth Sensitivity Increases (Niger Med J. 2014 Sep-Oct; 55(5): 363–368.)
Of course, if you dig further, you can read about lots of caries research, all saying THE SAME THING. The only thing to slightly help is treatments done with some sort of calcium after treatments to dull sensitives.
Why does your dentist offer it? Because people demand it.
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