Maintaining a healthy pH balance in our oral environment is essential.
Saliva with balanced pH level protects our teeth from decay and sensitivity.
Popular lifestyle choices such as drinking alcohol and acidic carbonated drinks, smoking, caffeine consumption and intake of acidic sports drinks could have an impact on pH balance. Many prescription medications, especially when taking many together, and some medical conditions, such as diabetes, can affect the balance of your mouth.
When the quality of our saliva is unable to provide protection, our teeth will be susceptible to acid attacks.
Containing calcium and phosphate, the major minerals teeth are made from, GC Tooth Mousse and GC Tooth Mousse Plus (enhanced with fluoride) play a role in maintaining the pH of our oral environment at healthy level. They are crème based and can be applied directly to tooth surfaces to help to restore the lost minerals, providing protection and strengthen the tooth structure. With its ability to condition and revitalise teeth by fortifying them with minerals, using Tooth Mousse products are like using “vitamins” on teeth.
GC Tooth Mousse & GC Tooth Mousse Plus could be helpful if you have:
- an acidic oral environment
- active decay in your mouth
- white spot lesions caused by ... Fluorosis, demineralisation ....etc see this link on Fluorosis
- sensitive teeth see this link on sensitivity and erosion
- erosion or tooth wear
- undertaking tooth whitening procedures
- orthodontic treatment
- suffer from dry mouth
- susceptible to dehydration from sporting activities or outdoor work
- morning sickness during pregnancy
- increased risk of decay as a result of medical conditions (eg. diabetes)
- slow saliva flow rates from medications or medical treatment
Our dentists or hygienists will be the best people to discuss specific issues relating to your oral health.
Based on their diagnosis, they will be able to advise you how GC Tooth Mousse or GC Tooth Mousse Plus could be beneficial for your condition.
Clinpro tooth creme
There is a new kid on the block. This is a 3M product called Clinpro tooth creme which is used as a tooth paste once daily (usually at night) to further enhance the uptake of calcium and fluoride into depleted tooth enamel. It will be recommended by the dentists or hygienists if there is evidence of higher than normal decalcification or hypomineralisation of teeth
About Clinpro Tooth Creme
Clinpro™ Tooth Crème 0.21% w/w Sodium Fluoride Anti-Cavity Paste is an advanced formula containing an innovative tri-calcium phosphate ingredient.
The optimised formula makes Clinpro Tooth Crème an outstanding addition for compromised teeth. It contains fluoride as well as calcium and phosphate, which are components naturally found in saliva. This proprietary formula successfully integrates these components, enhancing, rather than compromising the product’s performance. During the manufacturing process, a protective barrier is created around the calcium allowing it to coexist with the fluoride ions. As Clinpro Tooth Crème comes in contact with saliva during brushing, calcium, phosphate and fluoride become readily available to the tooth allowing remineralisation to occur.
The development of this exceptional 950 ppm fluoride and tri-calcium phosphate formula is the result of a relationship between 3M ESPE and Indiana Nanotech scientists in the USA.
What is fTCP and what benefits does it offer?
According to 3M ESPE .......
fTCP is a name given to the innovative calcium-based additive we use in our preventive products. One of the major components of the additive is tri calcium phosphate. What makes it so innovative is the way in which we prepare tri-calcium phosphate so that it can coexist with fluoride in an aqueous environment. In very simple terms, tri-calcium phosphate is specially milled with a simple organic ingredient known as “Sodium Lauryl Sulphate” (SLS) found in nearly all toothpaste formulations. During the milling process, we functionalise the TCP resulting in an organic-calcium phosphate hybrid being formed. This importantly ensures that the Calcium oxides are protected from the undesirable interactions with fluoride, which could render both calcium and fluoride inactive.
How is the Calcium and Fluoride absorbed by the tooth?
The combination of fluoride uptake and remineralisation tells us. (A) Fluoride uptake tells us that fluoride was indeed delivered to the lesion (pH cycling is the best way to tell if it was substantive rather than just loosely bound/labile fluoride). (B) Remineralisation tells us that mineral deposition/remineralisation occurred. Again, pH cycling (exposing the tooth structure to periods of remin and demin episodes) tells us if the mineral was substantive. So, fluoride uptake basically tells us how much mineral was absorbed and remineralisation tells us about the quality of the mineral formed. It has been well proven and documented many times that calcium alone will not be absorbed to help prevent caries alone. Fluoride when applied to demineralised enamel or dentin helps form fluoroapatite. This mineral formed in the presence of fluoride is much more resistant to an acid challenge than mineral formed in its absence.
Can Clinpro Tooth Crème help in achieving remineralisation at both surface and sub-surface?
Yes. We have subsequently conducted additional experiments ( DI Water Vs Normal OTC NaF toothpaste Vs Clinpro Tooth Crème) and observed locations in the body of the lesion where remineralisation occurred - What really matters is that the lesion (the subsurface) was demineralised. At all points (surface to base of the lesion) better remineralisation was observed when fTCPwas added.
Water, Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, Polyethelyene-Polypropylene Glycol, Flavour, Polyethylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Titanium Dioxide, Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Fluoride (950ppm), Tri-Cacium Phosphate. Tube Size is 113gm NET