Every month Dr. Ellie Phillips will answer your oral health questions as part of the Ultimate Oral Health Guide.
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A: Hi D,
Thanks so much for your message.
I am sure some of Tom’s ingredients changed when the company was purchased by Colgate. I would not recommend a monofluorophosphate since the molecule is large and has been shown to have less remineralizing potential. Gylcerine is another product in many “health” pastes – and may interfere with remineralizing also.
Monofluorophosphate was developed in the 1960s as companies were looking to produce a less expensive toothpaste for “third-world countries”. Once the recipe was developed, it seems to have gained the attention of shareholders in big oral health companies and there has been a product explosion since then! I don’t have numbers – but I am sure the oral product industry has grown beyond belief since the early 1970s ( and oral health has NOT improved because of these “new and improved” products!!)
Vegetables, snacking and tooth damage
My next book will give more detail about nutrition for oral health – things that help and foods that are “healthy” but damage teeth. Of course as part of a meal you can eat whatever you like – it is food eaten alone that is the issue.
Many plants have phytates in the leaves that are able to dissolve healthy biofilm on teeth.
Often “dissolving plaque” has been misinterpreted as a healthy idea and green tea, cranberry juice and baking soda have been recommended to remove plaque from teeth. The outcome is usually erosion, gum recession and sensitivity – because these products remove too much biofilm – (the infected kind as well as the healthy thin biofilm that our teeth NEED for health!)
Spinach has oxalic acid and phytates – so watch out for stripped teeth when consuming spinach. Eat it as part of a meal – finish the meal with cheese, some dairy or xylitol and there will not be a problem!
Kale is more like tea and has phytates in the leaves.
For snacking or drinking between meals I suggest root based plants or a tea from root based plants (carrots / roobios tea etc) protein foods (meat, chicken) or diary (cheese, yogurt, whole mink) – and – xylitol!
Thanks so much for your interest, and your suggestion about fluorosis. Your recommendation would be good for a child with newly discovered problems – my kids had veneers to correct their major issues. Sad as it was – I guess this problem directed me to investigate fluoride in detail – and see there is good and bad in the story. In retrospect – I am happy to have learned the truth and be able to pass this along to people all over the world.
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