Can Hydroxyapatite Reverse Cavities?
Yes, hydroxyapatite can help reverse cavities and prevent new ones from forming by remineralizing teeth.
Cavities are tiny holes in the teeth. That’s why the most common cavity treatment is a filling-- filling up the cavity in the tooth to restore its strength. But fillings are only used to treat existing cavities, not prevent them., Plus they can be painful and expensive.
Luckily, there is a better way to reverse and prevent cavities: hydroxyapatite.
What is Hydroxyapatite?
Teeth are made of several layers: a hard, outer layer called enamel, dentin, and cementum below the gum line. A crystallized mixture of calcium and phosphate makes up most of these layers, helping make the tooth hard enough to withstand chewing and crunching.
And hydroxyapatite (HAp) is this crystallized mixture. HAp makes up about 97% of the tooth enamel and 70% of the dentin in its natural form. While it does occur naturally in teeth and bones, HAp is also synthesized, so it can be used in oral care products like toothpaste and oil-pulling liquids to help treat and prevent cavities.
The Power of Remineralization
Teeth are constantly going through a cycle of demineralization and remineralization. The bacteria in the mouth eat sugars from food and produce acid. This acid wears away the minerals, demineralizing them and making them more susceptible to damage.
Remineralization is how teeth repair or re-harden themselves. Saliva fills in the cracks and holes left behind from demineralization, preventing cavities from forming. But saliva isn’t nearly as hard as enamel and is therefore not equipped to prevent all cavities.
That’s where oral care products with hydroxyapatite come in. The added HAp replaces the minerals in the teeth and forms a tough barrier on the tooth surface, helping to fill in existing cavities and prevent new ones from forming.
Other Benefits of Hydroxyapatite
HAp isn’t just good for remineralization. This substance offers other benefits, including:
- Antibacterial Properties – Bacteria in the mouth leads to tooth decay. But HAp tooth products can help form a barrier against these bacteria, preventing them from reaching teeth and causing problems.
- Decrease in Sensitivity – Since HAp strengthens enamel and forms a barrier on teeth, it’s also been shown to help with tooth sensitivity
- Non-Toxic – Even synthetic HAp is a non-toxic substance, which means it’s safe to use. Plus, since the body makes HAp naturally, the body also recognizes synthetic HAp, which might help prevent adverse reactions and boost benefits.
Terra & Co. Oil Pulling with Hydroxyapatite, Coming Soon
Hydroxyapatite is a wonderful solution to treating and preventing cavities. Are you ready to make it part of your oral care routine?
Terra & Co. will soon be offering natural, sustainable oil pulling with hydroxyapatite to boost your oral health and the health of the planet. Keep an eye out!