What makes a good toothpaste?

All toothpastes do the same thing – they clean our teeth, right? Not exactly.  They all clean our teeth but by using different ingredients to do it. Choosing the best toothpaste for you is a personal matter. We all have preferences when it comes to flavour, texture and ingredients. It can be a real challenge to choose, since there are so many variations and brands to choose from now. The good news is Biomin Toothpaste is a product for all.

Biomin Toothpaste concentrates on sensitivity and remineralisation. Teeth can become sensitive when enamel wears away, making it difficult to consume hot or cold foods and drinks. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth often contains fluoride, along with other ingredients that help repair, strengthen and protect enamel. Biomin has two types of Toothpaste, one containing fluoride and the other fluoride free. 

Breakdown of the science between them both;

Biomin F 

Biomin F contains fluoride in the glass, besides calcium and phosphate. As the glass starts to dissolve the saliva, these three ions combine to precipitate fluorapatite on the tooth surface. Fluorapatite is more resistant to acid attack then hydroxyapatite by a factor of 10. 

Biomin F fluoride toothpaste foams and incorporates fine Biomin F particles to supply low levels of fluoride for up to 12 hours after brushing. The fluoride content of the toothpaste is below 600ppm and is slowly released in a controlled manner as saliva dissolves the fine glass particles. The fluoride will combine with calcium phosphate, also released from the glass to produce acid resistant fluorapatite. 

The fluoride mineral protects the enamel on your teeth – that’s the outermost layer that covers everything else inside. Behind the enamel, your teeth are yellow and super sensitive.

BioMin C 

Within the Biomin C glass material, a chloride ion replaces the fluoride ion incorporated in Biomin F glass. Biomin C is a more reactive glass and develops apatite formation more rapidly.  However, it does not provide the enhanced acid within the resistance of Biomin F.  Hydrixyantite is precipitated onto the tooth surfaces rather than fluorapatite. This development of the additive has led to the creation of the Fluoride FREE toothpaste Biomin C.

It is believed that 40% of the adult population suffer with tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is typically caused by exposed and open dentine tubes in the teeth. Problems that can leave your teeth vulnerable are; 

  • Over enthusiastic brushers (brushing too hard and too much) 
  • Those with periodontal problems 
  • Bulimics 
  • Smokers 
  • Mature adults with gingival recession
  • People with Xerostoma
  • People regularly consuming acidic drinks and food
  • People who have had teeth whitening performed from a non medical professional. 

Biomin toothpaste concentrates on the remineralisation which is a naturally occurring process where the saliva containing Calcium and Phosphate is in a dynamic equilibrium with the tooth surface. If the pH level in the mouth drops below 5.5, tooth mineral will be dissolved from the tooth surface.

As it returns to above 5.5, the situation is reversed and calcium and phosphate from saliva combine to form hydroxyapatite on the tooth surface. If the tooth surface is predominantly fluorapatite, this process occurs at a slightly more acidic level at pH4.5. 

Children should usually have a lower concentration of fluoride when brushing their teeth. That’s why Biomin has made a toothpaste for children that also protects their tooth enamel while reducing sensitivity and strengthening the teeth for up to 12 hours. 

The two key patent applications used within these products are fluoride containing Bioactive glasses found in Biomin F and chloride containing Bioactive glasses found in Biomin C. 

Remember, no matter how good Biomin Toothpaste is, there is no substitute for brushing your teeth twice a day with a suitable toothbrush, and cleaning your teeth daily with floss. A good mouthwash to help with your oral hygiene will also help maintain healthy teeth. The main rule to take away from this is that reducing your tooth sensitivity won’t happen overnight. But by using the Biomin to suit you and keeping up with regular dental check ups, your tooth sensitivity will improve. 

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