Recently, a popular TV entertainer recommended a recipe for homemade toothpaste that can be found online. The recipe is purported to have the ability to remineralise teeth and reverse tooth decay. According to Dr Peter Alldritt of the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the claim is not only bogus, but could result in trips to an emergency dentist.
The biggest problem is the lack of fluoride. Fluoride has a bad reputation among wide-eyed conspiracy theorists, but the bottom line is that it works. Since fluoride was introduced into the water supply and toothpaste, tooth decay rates were a lot higher and virtually all children had tooth decay.
In addition, there is no proof that the recipe can actually reverse tooth decay. In a bizarre case of double standards, TV personalities can say what they want without scientific proof and are often believed, just on the strength of their celebrity status. Meanwhile, science and statistical proof are thrown out the window in favour of vague promises.
Cavities can be reversed using current resources and technology. Fluoridated water helps to remineralise tooth decay. Dental care products off the shelf, especially those endorsed by the ADA, have fluoride and can do all of that, including mouthwashes, remineralising paste and fluoride gels.
Dentists know that a lot of these products work, but we can’t tell you they do unless we have proof.
Dr Alldritt, along with myself and pretty much any other dentist, would like to see scientific evidence that this recipe really does what it says it does. Were samples of enamel tested before and after for phosphate and calcium levels? Where are the before and after x-rays proving that tooth decay was reversed?
A Trip to the Emergency Dentist?
We think it is grossly irresponsible for any celebrity to recommend a homemade toothpaste recipe to the public. We heartily recommend that you stick to ADA approved products available at your dentist or over the counter.
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