One of my secret weapons was a formula that heals cavities with ionic minerals each time you brush. It was marketed under the name Novamin, but was perhaps one of those products that worked too well.
The patent for Novamin was purchased by a large company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and all the good consumer products on the USA with Novamin were pulled from the market. Novamin was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in May 2010 for $135 million. (http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100523/ARTICLES/5231002/1002)
Novamin is calcium sodium phosphosilicate, a bioactive glass with ionic forms of Calcium and Phosphorus that build strong teeth. You don’t need fluoride (I think of it as a toxic molecular superglue) to remineralize your teeth. Novamin will do the job safely. Burt’s Bees Fluoride-Free Whitening Toothpaste had calcium sodium phosphosilicate and that’s why I was using it. As a bonus it also had no SLS which may trigger those shallow white painful mouth sores in some people.
J. Babin posting on Amazon says: The worst part of all this is that GSK, after buying NovaMin, seems to have “disrupted the supply chain” (as indicated on Burt’s Bees’ website) for all other manufacturers of NovaMin containing toothpaste, such as Burt’s Bees, Dr. Collins Restore, Oravive, etc. …
Amazon has just a few tubes left and they are going for absurd prices as collectors items no longer made by the manufacturer.
When I called Burt’s Bees and asked why they stopped making their toothpaste they cited low sales and difficulty obtaining some ingredients.
Meanwhile, here’s another exciting idea that works to heal deep cavities with a peptide hydrogel. How long will this one last?
UK scientists at Bristol University and the University of Leeds Dental Institute have developed gels which can regenerate decayed or damaged tooth enamel. A peptide hydrogel is applied to the tooth. This forms into a protein scaffold onto which new enamel-forming calcium is deposited from the saliva. The scientists claim to have seen “highly significant” levels of repair in which signs of decay have been reversed months after a single application of the compound.
This is from the Journal of Dental Research:
Self-assembling Peptide Scaffolds Promote Enamel Remineralization
Rationally designed Åâ¤-sheet-forming peptides that spontaneously form three-dimensional fibrillar scaffolds in response to specific environmental triggers may potentially be used in skeletal tissue engineering, including the treatment/prevention of dental caries, via bioactive surface groups. We hypothesized that infiltration of caries lesions with monomeric low-viscosity peptide solutions would be followed by in situ polymerization triggered by conditions of pH and ionic strength, providing a biomimetic scaffold capable of hydroxyapatite nucleation, promoting repair. Our aim was to determine the effect of an anionic peptide applied to caries-like lesions in human dental enamel under simulated intra-oral conditions of pH cycling. Peptide treatment significantly increased net mineral gain by the lesions, due to both increased remineralization and inhibition of demineralization over a five-day period. The assembled peptide was also capable of inducing hydroxyapatite nucleation de novo. The results suggest that self-assembling peptides may be useful in the modulation of mineral behavior during in situ dental tissue engineering.
For tooth care, one of the best things you can do, given the lack of minerals in modern foods, is use a remineralizing toothpaste, gel, etc. Not all minerals will remineralize your teeth, so make sure you check out the research behind the product.