Products for strengthening teeth and enamel, reducing cavities and sensitivity
Teeth are remineralized or demineralized every day according to your diet, stress level and generally speaking, the composition of your saliva and that of your blood.1 While the following products may or may not help your teeth (many of them only work from the outside via your saliva), several of them may well be worth a try.2
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Note 2: There are likely to be many more similar products on offer including from the same manufacturer(s). A specific product mentioned on this page does not constitute a specific endorsement by Healing Teeth Naturally of that particular product over another.
Note 4: Herbal, plant-derived and similar products for remineralizing/healing teeth and gums are listed separately.
Remineralizing toothpastes, powders, gels and rinses
Remineralizing toothpaste and rinses come under different names and packagings. What they seem to have in common is that they contain essential "bioavailable" calcium and phosphorus ions required for the natural recalcification (self-repair process) of the tooth enamel and dentin3. By furnishing tooth-repairing minerals during toothbrushing, smaller lesions in the enamel from acidic foods (fruit juices etc.), bacterial acids and/or overbrushing (i.e. tooth erosion and abrasion) and the possibly resultant sensitivity have been observed to fill in and thus reverse.
"Novamin" remineralization treatment
In this context, you may see the registered trademark NovaMin® bandied about - NovaMin® is the name given by their creators to a white, tasteless powdery compound made from calcium, phosphorus, silica and sodium (Ca, P, Si, Na), i.e. elements found in healthy bones and teeth. Various toothpastes are on the market which contain NovaMin® such as Topex® ReNew™ (USA), NUPRO® NUSolutions™ Products (USA), SootheRx® (USA), Oravive™ (USA), Dr. Collins Restore™ (USA), X-PURR (Canada), Odontis-Rx Products (Brazil), Nutri-email (France), SensiShield™ (UK), SHY-NM™ and Vantej (both marketed in India) and Miradent products (such as Mirawhite tc tooth conditioner paste which is extremely expensive).
A special note re packaging and price: Mirawhite tc tooth conditioner paste for instance comes in preportioned sachets and can thus not easily be individually appportioned, ApaCare comes in a tube and one can spread as much or as little of it as one wishes to on one's teeth, which among other things is helpful for people who no longer have all their natural teeth. I would make sure to go for a tube-based product to save on costs.
NovaMin update (thank you, JR)
Glaxo-Smith-Kline bought the rights to NovaMin and disrupted the supply chain to products previously containing it, at least in the US. It doesn't seem they're making new tooth products incorporating NovaMin, including their own products. One can only speculate at the reasons.
Biorepair® remineralizing dental products
Another product formulated for tooth remineralisation called Biorepair is sold in the form of both toothpaste and mouthwash, with the latter also having a pronounced antiseptic effect.
Apagard / ApaCare remineralizing tooth care line
Another brand is sold under varying trade names including Apagard M-Plus toothpaste, ApaCare Remineralising Toothpaste, ApaCare & Repair Tooth Repair Gel (mineralisation after brushing), ApaCare Liquid Fluid Enamel and more. Like Biorepair, it is based on hydroxyapatite microparticles (hydroxyapatite is the primary mineral found in tooth enamel).
A toothpaste with theobromine (yes, derived from cocoa) which one study (Effect of theobromine-containing toothpaste on dentin tubule occlusion in situ, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24671714) showed to have similar beneficial effects on dentin hypersensitivity as Novamin®-containing toothpaste.
Eco-DenT DailyCare & SpecialCare Toothpowders
DailyCare Toothpowder is described as containing more essential tooth enamel-hardening and remineralizing minerals than any other dental care product. Naturally effervescent.
A natural toothpaste made with edible (food) ingredients to support healthy teeth and gums. Said to help prevent cavities, remove tartar (calculus), remineralize teeth and harden enamel. Contains among other ingredients sea plankton, Trona mineral salts, various herbs, calcium lactate, aloe vera, probiotic cultures, enzymes (non-vegan formula).
Uncle Harry’s remineralization powder
This tooth remineralization powder increases saliva production5, neutralizes food acids produced by bacteria or ingested via fruit, vinegar etc. and supplies calcium and phosphorus. Described as healing sensitive teeth by building up thinned enamel surfaces.
Fangocur mineral toothpaste
Contains bentonite8 (healing clay) and organically grown or wild-crafted herbs (essential oils) incl. Melissa officinalis, Simmondsia chinensis, Krameria triandra, Citrus sinensis, tea trea, Mentha x piperita, Thymus vulgaris, Salvia officinalis, Curcuma xanthorrhiza, and Mimusops elengi which help to soothe and strengthen the gums. The minerals and trace elements contained are said to have a remineralising effect on the enamel. No artificial colouring or preservatives.
Tips re remineralizing products
Since toothpaste application seems somewhat counter-intuitive (after all the teeth typically get scrubbed while one uses it so theoretically at least, as much enamel is removed as is added), gels and mouthwashes would appear a more effective approach unless one just gently applies the paste.
Xylitol and xylitol products (chewing gums etc.)
While xylitol's (a naturally occurring sugar) main benefit seems to lie in the fight against caries bacteria, with tooth remineralisation constituting a "side show" only, xylitol nevertheless appears to be a true dental miracle sugar providing easy preventive dental care par excellence - whether you are fighting tooth decay, plaque build-up, bad breath or dry mouth - xylitol products can provide effective "cariostatic" help. See Xylitol.
(an arginine bicarbonate calcium carbonate complex)
Patented by researchers at the State University of New York, Cavistat in a one-year clinical trial has been shown to be "capable of preventing the development of dental caries in the primary molars and first permanent molars of 10 1/2- to 11-year-old Venezuelan children". Administered in the shape of breath mints, the study (published in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry 2008;19(1):1-8) concluded that "[i]t was evident ... that mint confections containing CaviStat are able to inhibit both caries onset and caries progression. As a result, one can conclude that CaviStat mint confection technology is a simple and economical means for reducing substantially one of the most prevalent diseases in these children."
RECALDENT™ is a product derived from casein (a so-called phosphoprotein precipitated from cow's milk and also found in other mammalian milk) which is technicallly called casein phosphopeptides-amorphous calcium phosphate (or CPP-ACP). RECALDENT™ is said to strengthen teeth by delivering calcium and phosphate to the tooth enamel in a soluble form, thus helping to remineralize the enamel. This product is (obviously) not for vegans and people who care about domestic animal welfare and in spite of it containing no lactose, not for people allergic to products containing milk protein. It can be found in Trident White Sugarless gum, Trident for kids sugarless berry gum as well as in some other products worldwide.
Since the ingredients list (besides Sorbitol, Maltitol, Mannitol, Artificial and Natural Flavoring; Acacia, Acesulfame Potassium, BHT, Calcium Casein Peptone-Calcium Phosphate [Lactose-Free Milk Derivative)] Candelilla Wax, Sodium Stearate and Titanium Dioxide) also includes the artificial sweetener aspartame (associated with dozens of disorders), the reader may think twice to ingest a product containing what looks like a proven carcinogen.4
GC Tooth Mousse
contains Recaldent but no aspartame, several flavours on offer.
A German Amazon review reports the case of a woman who suffered extreme enamel erosion as a side effect of chemotherapy, to the point she could no longer eat. The dentist recommended Elmex gel and other products which didn't help. She happened upon Tooth Mousse and after a few days' application was back to eating normally.
Pearlcium, a natural calcium from pearls
According to site visitor Anne, "many people are reporting that their teeth are improving" thanks to Pearlcium (a natural calcium from pearls).
Calcium Assimilation Formula or Kid-e-calc (Calc Tea) Calcium Formula ("Dr. Christopher" products)
"Dr Christopher" offers a herbal calcium formula (100 Capsules) containing horsetail, nettle, oatstraw & lobelia.
Kid-e-Calc Calcium Formula is a similar herbal product also made according to specifications given by herbalist John Christopher. It includes horsetail grass, oat straw, comfrey leaves and lobelia.6
A very interesting testimonial reads, "Tooth grows back: My oldest daughter age 13 now, had a dental cavity at age 7 (the only dental cavity among our six children). We had the cavity drilled out and a filling put in by our local dentist. Two years later, the filling came out and a hole was left in her tooth. Nothing more was done about it except the herbal calcium formula [Herbal Calcium] that you recommend in your book, School of Natural Healing, made up of: comfrey, horsetail, oatstraw, and lobelia. This combination of herbs has been used very consistently by the entire family over the last two years. We have recently discovered that the hole where the filling was is now completely grown over and is absolutely unnoticeable even under close inspection."
Judging by anecdotal evidence (one case I know of so far), these mineral supplements can be powerful helpers in stopping caries progression. (This seems little surprising considering that Minerals and trace elements are vital tooth and body builders.) Perhaps it should be added as a precautionary note that to date, many of these minerals have not been studied so we know nothing about possible toxicity levels. On the other hand, our body is evolutionarily adapted to consuming plant foods and should in its wisdom be able to take what it can usefully employ and disregard (discard) the rest.
There are several brands on offer including Majestic Earth Plant Derived Minerals, Buried Treasure 70 Plus etc.
Vitamin K2 from natural sources
Vitamin K2 is a more recently discovered nutrient essential for building strong bones (and hence teeth) by its role in activating proteins responsible for utilizing and storing calcium, and most "modern" people seem to be deficient in it. Unless you want to gorge yourself on animal fats and/or fermented foods (the richest natural sources), it may be wise to supplement with Vitamin K2 supplements.7
"High vitamin butter oil"
A vitamin K2-rich product derived from high-quality raw milk discovered by Dr. Weston A. Price in the 1930s which showed excellent tooth healing/caries-reversing results for his dental patients when combined with traditional cod liver oil, a rich source of vitamin A and D. (Since Dr. Price didn't know the nature of the responsible agent (recently determined to be vitamin K2), he called it Activator X or X-Factor.)7
The Roxtract “mineral” water system is very rich in various minerals and trace elements and among other things claims numerous cancer cures. For this reason, it is included here "on an experimental basis" for its potential interest to people wishing to improve their dental health.
Apparently a powerfully effective cavity and gum bacteria "killer". You can make your own, directions can be found on the internet. More on colloidal silver.
by Standard Process. I hesitate to include (and certainly do not recommend) this product since it is based on animal suffering. It contains a proprietary blend of defatted wheat germ, carrot root, bovine adrenal, bovine spleen, ovine spleen, licorice, and rice bran as well as bovine bone, honey, cellulose, calcium lactate, veal bone, manganese glycerophosphate, arabic gum, and calcium stearate. None of these ingredients are organic to my knowledge which makes it even less ethical. Additionally, though likely/hopefully not applicable to this product, bone meal CAN be contaminated with toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury as well as pesticides and BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, misnamed as Mad Cow Disease when in reality it is humans who feed cows foodstuffs never meant for them, who should be considered mad...).
Anyway, as of February 2014, there are only positive reviews on Amazon for Biodent such as "When I don't take BioDent I have many problems in my teeth and gums (broken teeth, root infections, gum infections, soreness)... Five tablets of BioDent twice a day ... keeps soreness and infections at bay" and "...it's worked wonders for me."
More on crystalline formulas which bond with the tooth, assisting it to heal itself
The following is excerpted from www.nesara.us/doverpts06/January_19_2006.htm. Note: that website is no longer online and no further details are known to Healing Teeth Naturally.
"I reviewed several articles related to the scientific efforts to repair teeth in ... new ways. The articles pointed to new ways to seal and improve tooth appearance using crystalline formulas which bond with the teeth. These formulas have many basic elements in common with the natural tooth elements and natural tooth enamel.
The results of my research indicate that natural formulas can be made which contain the NATURAL NUTRIENTS necessary to enable the teeth to heal themselves. The best forms of minerals for this formula are chelated colloidal liquid minerals from ancient seabeds. Here’s the major natural NUTRIENTS needed for a tooth to heal itself:
- Phosphate ions,
- Natural DNA stimulator (from a plant),
- a certain natural Protein Enzyme (from a plant)
- natural stem cell enhancement (from a plant)
Because ... our food [is] not supplying the necessary nutrients for our teeth to heal themselves, the natural formula would need to have concentrated, very large doses of these natural nutrients on which our bodies can draw to heal our teeth. Ideally this formula would be provided in liquid form, perhaps a kind of milk shake drink, which could be taken twice a day.
In addition, these nutrients could be included in healthy toothpaste formulas and thus help to support the natural regrowth of enamel and ongoing repair of our teeth with each brushing."
- To save on costs, try using much less than recommended by the manufacturer, you may find it amply sufficient.
- During the waxing moon phase, the body absorbs things better than during the waning moon (this is not an old wives tale but fact based on many centuries of nature observation). So if for cost or other reasons you only occasionally apply remineralizing products, you can maximise their benefit by using them when the moon is moving toward a full moon (beginning after the New Moon).
1 which feeds your teeth from the inside - for more details, see the essential Tooth remineralisation/demineralisation page.
3 Essential tooth minerals which are ideally furnished via healthy nutrient-rich saliva and bloodstream, themselves dependent on diet and emotional state, compare Remineralisation/demineralisation.
4 Compare Causes of cancer: Aspartame.
5 Good against tooth decay, see Remineralisation/demineralisation.
6 To understand why silica-rich horsetail is the first ingredient in this calcium formula, read Silica from horsetail a better calcium than calcium - is "biological transmutation" real?.
8 More on bentonite under Bentonite clay for swelling & pain in gums & teeth.
9 Aloe vera's bactericidal, virucidal and anti-inflammatory effects are backed by numerous scientfic studies into this plant 's dental benefits.