While in pursuit of the perfect smile, you might have come across different products that offer just that. Some might boast of natural teeth whitening, complete with all-natural ingredients. Others might claim to strengthen your tooth enamel, making it less susceptible to bacterial attacks. From strengthening toothpaste to whitening pens, you might be tempted to say you’ve seen it all. But now and then, there’s products that fly under your radar. Remineralizing tooth whitening powder is one such offering.
While it seems novel, it’s not exactly a breakthrough in dental innovation. Powdered toothpaste, for instance, can easily contain all the ingredients needed to both remineralize and whiten your teeth. The use of activated charcoal powder and sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda) has long been a popular method of natural teeth whitening. So how is remineralizing tooth powder any different?
In a way, remineralizing tooth whitening powder is a mixture of the two. While it doesn’t have the cleaning capacity of regular toothpaste, it does claim to have the same ability to reverse tooth decay as most dental materials do. And unlike activated charcoal powder and sodium bicarbonate, it’s not composed of one ingredient. Usually, this type of whitening product contains other dental materials to do the job.
But what is remineralizing tooth whitening powder? And is it useful? Let’s find out.
Remineralizing whitening tooth powder makes use of mostly natural ingredients
For the most part, most remineralizing tooth powders make use of natural ingredients. It’s one of the things it has in common with natural toothpaste. Unlike natural toothpaste recipes, however, a remineralizing tooth powder avoids bleaching agents like the plague. Manufacturers of this type of product usually note that these agents in whitening products can weaken the tooth enamel, so they disregard it altogether. But they do make use of “natural whiteners” like activated charcoal powder and sodium bicarbonate.
How do these powders whiten, then? Manufacturers use of a type of powdered clay to get the job done. Varieties include kaolinite or bentonite, which are said to have gentle cleaning and whitening properties. Moreover, they’re supposed to give your teeth the minerals they need naturally.
It’s also important to note that most remineralizing tooth powders are also fluoride-free. Proponents of these powders claim that fluoride is toxic once ingested. These powders then aim to combat tooth decay and dull teeth by strengthening them using natural ingredients.
But how effective is it, exactly?
Is it better than your typical toothpaste?
While natural ingredients may have their own share of dental benefits, there’s always a caveat when it comes to their usage. As we’d discussed in previous articles, the overuse of natural whitening products may do more harm than good, mainly because of their abrasive nature. The use of powdered clay as a gentle tooth cleaner and whitener still needs to be subjected to more research.
The fact that most remineralizing whitening tooth powders don’t contain fluoride can be concerning. While there have been studies and concerns regarding the toxicity of fluoride, ingesting fluoride up to a certain amount shouldn’t cause any problems. Fluoride is also crucial in the remineralization of teeth, as it further strengthens the tooth enamel by bonding to the rest of the minerals. To say that fluoride isn’t necessary for remineralization is counterintuitive.
That said, should you forego your toothpaste for tooth powders? Probably not. And if you are concerned with enamel demineralization, call your dentist. They’d be happy to help.