Without realizing it, many place toxins in their mouths, thinking it will protect their teeth. The reality is, these toxic substances (like fluoride) upset our oral microbiome, lead to poor gum health, and can cause behavioral issues in children. But what can we use instead? Is anything as effective?
Yes. Even more so.
We chose hydroxyapatite over fluoride in our toothpaste formula for a reason.
What is Hydroxyapatite?
This material is the reason healthy teeth appear white. It is a calcium phosphate (a naturally occurring mineral) that is the building block of bones and teeth. It is white when pure and considered the most stable form of calcium phosphate. What that means is that it resists decomposition (such as oxidation).
Is Hydroxyapatite Safe?
Hydroxyapatite is naturally occurring. Even the lab-made nanoparticle HAp is identical to the mineral in our teeth. But speaking naturally (and why wouldn’t we?), our saliva delivers it to our teeth to remineralize them and kill harmful bacteria (protecting dentin and enamel). Although it is not usually eaten, there would not be the same risk of swallowing as with other toothpaste. The conventional kinds of toothpaste warn you to call poison control if you consumed the tube. Hydroxyapatite, on the other hand, is safe and non-toxic, and the entire family can use it.
Benefits of Hydroxyapatite
Some question whether or not cavities can regenerate and therefore rely on synthetic dentistry systems. But there are plenty of cases where cavities have remineralized (including in the case of our founder, Katie Wells). So what is the secret to restoring tooth enamel? Diet is a large portion of enamel remineralization, but the actual groundwork requires a mineral to fill in the holes forming in teeth. So, how does hydroxyapatite deliver that benefit and keep tooth decay away?
For one, it is biocompatible and bioactive. Simply put, it works well on the enamel surface and bones while also helping both grow!
Alongside that, it is osteoconductive, meaning that it does not just help bones grow around it. Bones can grow onto it.
Hydroxyapatite is antimicrobial. It helps balance the oral microbiome. In our toothpaste, we pair it with green tea and mint, further eliminating bacteria. And with xylitol to stimulate saliva production, this supports the remineralizing effects of hydroxyapatite.
It has helped with hypersensitivity, and many have seen significant differences in a short time.
Hydroxyapatite toothpaste is also helpful in whitening teeth naturally.
The benefits and safety of this non-toxic mineral are astounding, far from the dangers of most toothpaste that threaten our health.
The Danger of Most Toothpaste
Most store-bought toothpaste wreaks havoc on our oral health, even leading to demineralization. Besides fluoride, we expose ourselves to many other harmful chemicals in toothpaste. As shown in another post we have done (5 Sneaky Ingredients to Avoid in your Oral Health Products), there are plenty of ingredients in most dental products that have serious consequences. For a more elaborative review of them, check out that post. But here are some of the biggest offenders in conventional toothpaste:
- Triclosan is a hormone disrupter used to kill bacteria. It can lead to cancer and other serious issues.
- Plastic beads are an abrasive scrubbing tool. When plastic is produced, it chemically binds with additives. They are delivered straight into your mouth through toothpaste. Along with poisoning ourselves with plastic, harmful chemicals come with it.
- Artificial colors alter behavior in kids. An adult can filter some toxins out, but our kids are less able and suffer (so will we over time). Exposure to artificial colors is dangerous for our families.
- Fluoride…well, we’ve touched on that, and there is more to come.
Everything that goes into our mouths affects our body as a whole. Choosing the right toothpaste is a significant decision for the health of our families.
Oral Effects on the Whole Body
Periodontal disease is a title for a range of oral health issues. Anything from gingivitis to inflammation is in the category. And the stats on how many people have signs of gum disease are shocking (over 90% of adults over 30 years of age).
These gum diseases do not just cause lesions, cavities, and tooth loss. (As if that is not bad enough). The oral microbiome connects to the rest of the body. So, an imbalance in bacteria in the mouth leads to problems in other areas of the body. Gum disease is linked to a host of different cancers, for example.
To illustrate the mouth/body connection, plaque bacteria can swim up or downstream through our blood. The same kind in our mouths has been identified in those who suffer from heart disease.
Simply improving oral health can improve inflammation issues throughout the body and keep us healthier. Both diet and oral hygiene are the keys to a boosted immune system. Toxins should not have any part in that.
Unfortunately, even some hygiene habits (which claim to be healthy) can lead us toward disease rather than away from it.
How Fluoride Upsets Magnesium
One of the culprits of dental hygiene is fluoride toothpaste. Although many propose this substance as a safe way to improve our teeth and protect our mouth, the actual studies are less convincing. Fluoride is a neurotoxin. We have noted already that it leads to poorer oral health, and even causes behavioral issues in children. But it also upsets magnesium.
Magnesium is responsible for so many things in the body. It helps muscles contract, helps build DNA, relays signals from the brain to the body, improves the quality of sleep and recovery we get through rest, and is responsible for healthy interactions throughout the body. Most Americans have too low magnesium levels in their body.
But fluoride negatively interacts with magnesium (of which we already do not have enough). Research documents fluoride ions interfering with magnesium ions.
Therefore, we wanted a non-toxic toothpaste alternative that doesn’t interfere.
Wellnesse Toothpaste and Hydroxyapatite
Our Whitening Toothpaste formula contains 5-8um hydroxyapatite particle size, which our research chemists guarantee is effective for teeth. It is as close as we can to get to nano-hydroxyapatite while ensuring we keep it naturally derived. Our hydroxyapatite is a crystalline powder, more of a needle/rod shape. It is porous and non-abrasive, and 5% of our formula is made of this mineral. Since hydroxyapatite helps remineralize teeth and is white itself, every brush whitens your beautiful set of teeth.
Hydroxyapatite kills bacteria, whitens and strengthens teeth naturally, and works well with our other ingredients to strengthen our oral health. And boosted oral health means improved bodily health. Enjoy better health through better toothpaste. And among our oral care products, we offer a bamboo toothbrush to leave a healthier planet in our wake as well.
Wells, K. (2020, June 12). Benefits of Hydroxyapatite For Teeth and More. Wellness Mama.
Wells, K. (2011, December 19). How Gum Disease Affects the Whole Body. Wellness Mama.
Wells, K. (2019, December 7). How to Remineralize Teeth Naturally & Reverse Tooth Decay. Wellness Mama.
Quarterly Journal of the International Society for Fluoride Research Inc. (ISFR).