Did you know that minerals play a significant role in dental hygiene? Tooth enamel is the most highly mineralized substance in the body, but when bacteria in the mouth forms plaque on the teeth it can lead to demineralization. When plaque interacts with deposits left on the teeth from sugary or starchy foods, it produces an acid that breaks down enamel, leaving teeth weak and susceptible to decay.
The saliva in your mouth contains minerals that naturally strengthen teeth by cleansing them of harmful bacteria, but additional support from a mineral-rich toothpaste can assist with enamel restoration. (This is especially helpful for those who suffer from dry mouth.) Here’s a closer look at the minerals found in the Dr. Brite Whitening Mineral Toothpaste and how they keep your pearly whites healthy!
Mineral Toothpaste Ingredients
- Hydrated silica is a derivative of silica (silicon dioxide), an abundant compound that forms about 12% of the earth’s surface. It serves as a mild abrasive that helps safely remove plaque from the teeth with brushing.
- Calcium carbonate is a common substance found in rocks such as chalk, limestone and marble. It enhances the process of mineral-rebuilding in the tooth, gently polishes away surface stains and has a hardening effect on enamel.
- Kaolin clay, also known as China clay, is rich in aluminum and is high in calcium, silica, zinc and magnesium. It helps whiten teeth and balances pH levels in the mouth.
Another important ingredient in our toothpaste formula is Xylitol. Though it’s not a mineral, Xylitol prevents demineralization by reducing the amount of plaque. Find out more about Xylitol.
Be aware of demineralization warning signs such as tooth sensitivity and discoloration, and avoid tooth decay by following good oral care habits. Remember to floss and brush twice a day and rinse after meals. Make sure to visit the dentist regularly and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.