Live WebinarConversations on Cosmetic Dentistry and Whitening
28 Jan 2021, 08:00 PM Berlin
Alif Moosajee BDS MFGDP(UK) MJDF RCSEng
When it comes to bleaching teeth at home, patients risk damaging their teeth with abrasive toothpastes or chemically aggressive bleaching kits. Luckily, natural, enzyme-based oral care products have been developed over the years that are safe for long-term daily use in order to restore the original tooth colour or maintain it after professional bleaching.
With the right formula, enzyme-based products not only improve the appearance of patients’ teeth but also provide additional protection to teeth and gingivae by supporting the oral microbiome’s natural functioning. Curaprox ‘Be you’ toothpaste is a textbook example of how the enzymatic reaction works and of what other ingredients a toothpaste for natural home whitening should contain.
Two ingredients lie at the basis of the enzymatic whitening: the enzyme glucose oxidase and dextrose. Dextrose, technically a sugar, merely serves as nourishment for the glucose oxidase, leaving no harmful residue. As soon as the toothpaste comes into contact with the air, the enzymatic reaction is kick-started: the glucose oxidase and dextrose react with oxygen and with each other. This all-natural process leads to the creation of two active ingredients: hydrogen peroxide and gluconic acid.
Hydrogen peroxide has two oxygen particles, one of which is stored in the tooth enamel. As a consequence, the enamel appears whiter when light reflects off it. The leftover particles of hydrogen peroxide dissolve naturally. Gluconic acid—the second product of the enzymatic reaction—is a natural fruit acid that combats the growth of microorganisms. Despite containing such acids, the ‘Be you’ toothpaste’s pH value of 6.0–6.6 is well above the required safe minimum of 5.5.
It is important to note that enzyme components are naturally present in the mouth and saliva. Enzymatic toothpastes gently whiten teeth simply by further supporting the process of their creation. As such, enzymatic whitening is safe and healthy used on a daily basis. In addition to whitening, ‘Be you’ naturally protects the teeth in three extra ways:
Curaprox ‘Be you’ is made in Switzerland and comes in six juicy flavours. It has low abrasiveness, having a relative dentine abrasivity value of 50, and it contains no sodium lauryl sulphate, no triclosan and no microplastics. ‘Be you’ is available here.