You’ll have heard me talk about anti caries and how our toothpaste is high in anti carie agents without the use of fluoride… but what the hell is an anti carie?
“Anti-caries” refers to measures taken to prevent or reduce the risk of dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay or cavities. Dental caries occur when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that damage the tooth’s enamel, leading to decay.
To fight against dental caries, some preventive measures that can be taken are:
- Regular brushing and flossing: This helps remove food particles and plaque from teeth that can lead to decay.
- Fluoride: Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel and can prevent or even reverse early tooth decay. It can be found in toothpaste, mouthwashes, and in some community water supplies.
- Healthy diet: Eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in vitamins and minerals can help prevent tooth decay.
- Regular dental check-ups: Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help identify and treat tooth decay before it becomes a bigger problem.
- Dental sealants: Dental sealants are thin coatings that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to help prevent decay.
You will see that in point 2 above I’ve mentioned Fluoride when our toothpaste does not contain fluoride. There is a reason for this. If you are susceptible to cavities and tooth decay, there are only two ingredients that are scientifically proven to potentially reverse early tooth decay. Fluoride and Hydroxyapetite (I will cover this ingredient in blogs and social media posts to come). Fluoride is the most used and understood ingredients by dentists so this is the ingredient most recommended.
That said, even fluoride has it’s limits when cavities set in and it’s only been found to potentially reverse tooth decay in the early stages, it’s not a catch all. A good regular, twice a day dental routine is where it’s at.
Once tooth decay catches hold, the only remedy for that is invasive dental procedures such as fillings and cavity protection. 🙁
Because of the toxicity issues surrounding fluoride I made the decision to not include it in our toothpaste, however, I didn’t just put some calcium carbonate, oils and peppermint in there, we’ve formulated a non fluoride, non sls toothpaste that is a good all rounder for brightening, cavity fighting, gum disease busting and breath freshening, on even the most sensitive teeth. We’ve packed it full of antioxidants, flavenoids and anti caries that naturally address dental issues.
I used my natural and organic skincare formulation skills alongside the best dental manufacturer in the UK – that’s why our toothpaste also says Made in collaboration with Dentists on the bottle.
My thoughts are, if we aren’t including fluoride, a scientifically proven ingredient to fight cavities and potentially remineralise, we need to make sure we have included a botanical blend that does the same thing.
So whilst I don’t recommend our toothpaste for people going through invasive dental treatment or if they are susceptible to cavities, I do recommend the rest of our dental products and a good solid dental routine – many of our customers who do have cavities use our toothpaste alongside their regular one so they are getting the best of both worlds as well.