I just read in a health mailing I received that monosodium phosphate is good for rebuilding tooth enamel. Do you have any knowledge about this substance?
In order to rebuild tooth enamel the process requires calcium and phosphate minerals, however these minerals are available in our saliva. The process that I recommend for tooth care uses mouth rinses and xylitol to encourage these minerals to go into your teeth by adjusting the pH of the mouth and also stimulating mineral rich saliva to flow around your teeth.
If you rinse with the dilute sodium fluoride (ACT) solution, it works as a catalyst to encourage these minerals into your teeth to rebuild them. The longer the dilute solution of sodium fluoride is in contact with the tooth surface, the more minerals will flow into the tooth. This is why I recommend using ACT at the end of the mouth rinse system.
When you spit out the ACT rinse, a residue remains in the pits and fissures of the tooth surface the very places where teeth crumble and crack. ACT has always been my favorite dilute sodium fluoride rinse because of its so-called “inactive” ingredients. It appears that these inactive ingredients make ACT residue to flow around the tooth surface and help the liquid linger a little longer on the tooth.
If you just used a solution of sodium fluoride it would wash off the tooth surface quicker and not be as effective.
Xylitol also helps rebuild teeth in the deeper layers. Xylitol helps move calcium and phosphates from the saliva in your mouth (they naturally occur in the mouth liquids) into your teeth.
I am happy with the system that I recommend and do not believe that there is much to improve it. I know some studies from years ago that compared sodium fluoride with sodium monoflourophosphate and found the simple sodium fluoride compound was much more effective.
I am always interested to help you find the way through this confusing jungle!