Sometimes, it seems the most powerful force in the world is inertia–the tendency to remain unchanged. We build habits, both good and bad, every day and rarely deviate once a routine gets set. We tend to resist change, and it requires a really compelling reason to deviate from our usual course.
When our dentist recommends we try a new product, we (mentally) shrug and wonder if it’s really worth the effort to stock up on something we haven’t tried. It’s even harder to convince ourselves to try something new when the product is radically different that the product we have been using. People like what they know, and it’s hard to shift to the unknown without a great reason to do so.
There are a few great reasons to use a CariFree tooth gel instead of the familiar toothpaste.
If you do what you always did…
Pumice, burnt eggshells, salt, charcoal, bark, crushed bones. What do all these things have in common? They are all toothpaste ingredients from the distant, or not so distant, past. All theses ingredients did help remove contaminants from teeth, but they were costly for the tooth enamel. They simply rubbed the dirt and the enamel off together. Clearly, toothpaste formulas have evolved as we have grown in our understanding of how to care for teeth.
While you are unlikely to encounter a pumice toothpaste at your local grocery store, today’s commercial toothpastes still tend to have abrasive ingredients. We are so familiar with abrasive toothpaste that it “feels” like clean to us. Still, as we grow knowledge of how to care for teeth, we can find better a better formulation.
So other than having a low abrasive formula and not having lots of unhealthy ingredients, what makes CariFree tooth gels a better choice?
CariFree gels contain fluoride, which has well studied benefits for enamel health. They also contain bio-available nano hydroxyapatite crystallites, or Nano HA. Nano HA is very similar to the actual minerals that make up tooth enamel and is useful for remineralizing teeth, particularly when combined with fluoride. The bio-available (in a form that your body can use) minerals can help repair acid damage to teeth; the fluoride ions keep the Nano HA on the tooth surface until oral pH is high enough so it can bond with the tooth structure.
Speaking of oral pH, CariFree gels also help restore the mouth to a normal pH after eating. When we eat or drink (other than plain water), the pH in our mouth drops. This acidic environment can be dangerous to tooth enamel if not corrected. Frequent meals, snacking, and non water drinks can overwhelm the mouth’s natural mechanism for correcting pH. CariFree gels are specially formulated to help correct this imbalance.
Another ingredient we seldom think about in our toothpaste is the sweetener. CariFree gels are sweetened with xylitol. Far from an empty filler to ameliorate the tastebuds, xylitol is well studied as a dental ingredient, and the news is good. Xylitol appears to decrease the incidence of cavities and increase overall oral health.
The more things change…
At the end of the day, we all want a safe, effective product that leaves out teeth clean and our mouth healthy. We want to have great dental visits, and keep our teeth in great shape for our lifetime. Switching to a CariFree tooth gel may be the right choice to help you achieve these goals.