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Natural Toothpaste

Natural toothpastes are those which are free from chemicals and use ingredients derived from herbs and minerals that exist naturally. These formulations are made after much research and clinical trials to ensure their safety and efficacy. 

There are many natural and herbal toothpastes available in the market now which are free from chemicals and toxic ingredients. It is recommended to do your research and choose the one that suits you best. 


After careful research and many clinical trials it can be concluded that a toothpaste made from natural ingredients has theoretically as well as experimentally proven to be equally effective as general commercially available toothpaste with the added advantage of having medicinal properties of herbs and minerals which make it unique in its category. From the microbial tests it is seen that the toothpaste can easily inhibit growth of bacteria, pH test shows that they are within neutral range. Although without SLS the toothpastes would lacks a foamy quality, it successfully whitens teeth, kills germs, imparts freshness and reduces the plaque score.

Thus natural toothpaste earns a strong and rightful place in the market and is slowly giving tough competition to commercially available toothpaste.


Natural toothpastes come in many different types. For adults and children, different flavors and those suited to different needs. You have to choose which one is best suited to you. Sprinjene natural toothpaste has the following types: 


Children

  • The toothpaste range includes three different flavors specifically designed for children. These come in fluoride and fluoride free options. 

Adults

The adult range also has a fluoride free option for people who have allergies, fluoride toxicity or other medical reasons for not consuming fluoride.

The fluoride range consists of the following variants:

There is a lot of information online regarding toothpaste alternatives that may be found easily at home. While they may be toxic, they may not be effective as dental cleaning agents hence. It Is important to learn enough about using new ingredients and techniques as they may not suit everyone.


Fluoride is crucial for an overall healthy smile. Fluoride works by strengthening the enamel, protecting teeth against decay, cavities, and enamel erosion.

Ingredients to avoid in a toothpaste

A majority of commercially available toothpastes contain the following harmful ingredients:

  • Triclosan

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) (closely connected to canker sores)

  • Artificial colorings

  • Fluoride (harmful in children if swallowed in large quantities)

  • Titanium dioxide

Highly abrasive ingredients as they can wear out the natural enamel of your teeth. Over time this can lead to the long-term damage of teeth, such as enamel erosion. It is especially important to remember that enamel is irreplaceable and the damage cannot be reversed.


With growing awareness and a gradual and positive shift toward healthy living people have started looking into natural alternatives in household products. Toothpastes are an everyday household item that we cannot live without and rarely has anyone paid attention to its ingredients. Since it is something that we use orally it may get ingested and absorbed in the oral mucosa it is essential that we are aware of the long term toxic effects its chemicals may cause.

According to extensive research it has been found that tooth pastes may contain harmful ingredients such as:

Triclosan: an endocrine disrupting chemical that has also been linked to cancer
Artificial sweeteners that are harmful to your nervous system such as aspartame. Aspartame, when broken down in your body, can lead to poisonous methanol creation that can lead to symptoms such as headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, memory disturbances and other neurological symptoms.
Propylene Glycol is a mineral oil that is used in products like anti-freeze and paints. Although the pharmaceutical grade is meant to be safe in cosmetics, it has been linked to organ toxicity and irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs.
Diethanolamine (DEA) is a known hormone disruptor and can react to form cancer forming compounds that your body absorbs easily.
Microbeads: these are minute plastic pellets used as abrasives in toothpastes and other body products that land up out in the environment and can be eaten by wildlife or get back into our own food supply. These beads can also get trapped in your gums and make them more permeable to microorganisms, creating more of a dental risk than they’re worth.

The following strategies may help to whiten teeth:

1. Making dietary changes

Eliminating foods that mark the teeth can prevent further staining. Foods and beverages that contain tannins, such as wine and tea, can stain the teeth. Coffee and dark sodas and juices can also stain them.

Acidic foods can make the teeth look yellow by wearing down the enamel. People who are concerned about the color of their teeth should avoid the excessive consumption of citrus, coffee, and soda. Alternatively, they should always brush their teeth after having them.

Dentists generally recommend waiting 30 minutes after eating before brushing the teeth. Acids can weaken the enamel, so brushing too soon can cause damage.

Quitting smoking or tobacco products can reduce the risk of nicotine stains. It can also prevent tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can damage the enamel and cause oral health issues.

2. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is the most important thing that a person can do to reduce tooth yellowing.

Regular brushing and flossing protects the enamel, prevents gum decay, and removes stains.

Good oral hygiene includes:

Brushing the teeth at least twice a day. A person should be sure to also clean around the gums and the backs of the teeth.

Using a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can fight and even reverse tooth decay. Though some people oppose using fluoride, dentists believe that fluoride is safe and beneficial for teeth.

Flossing to remove plaque between the teeth.

Recently, activated charcoal/carbon has attracted interest because it acts on a large surface area and therefore has the capacity of adsorbing pigments, and stains responsible for the color change of teeth making them look lighter. Several commercially available whitening toothpastes now incorporate activated charcoal/carbon in their formulations. However, no clinical trials or studies have evaluated its effectiveness yet.  According to the British Dental Journal's findings, however, the addition of activated charcoal to toothpaste is nothing more than a mere marketing gimmick.

Additionally, according to researchers, the use of charcoal toothpaste may lead to permanent tooth discoloration and decay which defeats the purpose of using a toothpaste in the first place. 

It has also been suggested by scientists that the absorbent properties of activated charcoal could reduce the efficacy of fluoride in these products. The team also discovered a higher-than-average level of abrasive particles in the toothpastes, which, upon regular use could lead to enamel erosion as well as damage to the gums in the long term.



According to careful research and multiple clinical trials it has been found that:

  • Baking soda a safe way to remove stains.
  • Baking soda may also be antibacterial and help to fight bacteria, which suggests that it may be able to reduce plaque and prevent tooth decay.  
  • The low abrasivity of dentifrices containing baking soda makes them especially suited for safe daily use in oral hygiene regimens.
  • Microbiological studies have shown that baking soda products have significant bactericidal activity against oral pathogens, which suggests that it may be able to reduce plaque and prevent tooth decay.  
  • Baking soda dentifrices favor patient compliance because they have stain-reducing and whitening properties. This would motivate patients to brush their teeth for aesthetic reasons.
  • Neutralization of plaque acids by baking soda supports caries reduction as well as facilitation of re-mineralization of initial carious lesions.

Regularly gargling with pink Himalayan salt water can help in removing bacteria from the teeth and gums, thus preventing the buildup of plaque and tartar. When you are sick, a salt water gargle breaks up thick mucus and can help remove irritants like allergens and fungi from the throat. But there is no evidence to suggest that brushing your teeth with salt would help whiten or improve dental hygiene. Rather it could prove dangerous especially in patients with high blood pressure, 

Baking soda should not be used directly rather as a component in toothpaste.

While baking soda has proven to be beneficial and effective in removing plaque and stains as well as neutralizing acidity in the mouth aiding in decreased tooth decay. It should not be replaced with toothpaste. This is because toothpaste contains fluoride which is more effective at caries reduction than baking soda.

A majority of commercially available toothpastes contain the following harmful ingredients:
Triclosan
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) (closely connected to canker sores)
Artificial colorings
Fluoride (harmful in children if swallowed in large quantities)
Titanium dioxide
Highly abrasive ingredients


Although commercially available toothpastes will do the job and result in clean bright and white teeth, they can cause greater problems over time. 
A recent study published in Science Translational Medicine found that triclosan altered gut microbiota and contributed to colon inflammation in mice. To assess the effects of triclosan, the research team fed mice relatively low doses of triclosan for three weeks. The mice developed blood levels of triclosan that were similar to levels reported in humans exposed to this ingredient.
The safer and smarter alternative is to switch to a chemical free toothpaste.

There are 3 approaches your dentist might recommend you to make your teeth look whiter.

  • whitening toothpastes;

  • home-use whiteners;

  • in- office whitening 

Whitening toothpastes
Whitening toothpastes remove stains on the surface of the tooth. Although some pastes may contain ingredients that seem to brighten your teeth, they are not bleaching the tooth or changing its actual color; rather, they are polishing the surface to remove external discoloration. Because these pastes rely on polishing for stain removal, it may take longer for you to see results than if you used a home-use or in-office approach.

Home-use whiteners
Home-use whiteners come in strips or as gels you paint on your teeth or put in a tray that you then put over your teeth. These whiteners bleach or lighten the tooth enamel with a chemical called peroxide. In most cases, these whiteners are used for short periods for approximately 2-4 weeks. These work faster than toothpastes.


In-office whitening
In-office whitening is performed by your dentist. they will apply a peroxide gel stronger than the one used in at-home whiteners—to your teeth. The dentist may shine a light on the gel to get the whitening reaction started. The whole process takes approximately 1 hour. Because the peroxide is stronger, you may get whiter teeth with this approach than with the others.  Like the whitening strips, the teeth can usually be lightened by 1 or 2 shades.

Banana peel is rich in potassium, magnesium and manganese which are absorbed over teeth surface making them appear white.


Many people search for alternative and healthy methods in medicine to maintain or improve their health, either to replace or as an adjunct to conventional medicine. In recent years, oil pulling has generated a great deal of attention as a way to promote oral health. Oil pulling is an ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil, such as coconut, sesame, or sunflower, in the mouth on an empty stomach for about 20 min. Studies have suggested that oil pulling can reduce oral plaque, halitosis, and gingivitis but there is no evidence to suggest that coconut, sesame, or sunflower oils have any effect on the whitening of teeth


Most natural and chemical free toothpastes such as SprinJene toothpastes are free from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
SLS induces prominent changes in the histological structure of animal cheek pouch epithelium. These changes include hyperkeratosis, hypergranulosis, acanthosis and varying degrees of basal hyperplasia, all of which result in a significant increase in epithelial thickness. The known untoward side effects of SLS in the human oral cavity are inflammation and desquamation of oral mucosa

Based on the findings of the study, we can make following recommendations:

Usage of large amount of toothpaste should be avoided (especially in children)

Toothpastes containing SLS are not intended to stay in the mouth and proper rinsing after brushing is advised

patients susceptible to aphthous lesions should be informed not to use toothpastes containing SLS

While oil pulling can be performed at any time of the day, many people suggest that it works best first thing in the morning or at least two to three hours after eating to ensure that the individual has an empty stomach. You do not need to brush your teeth before oil pulling as the practice will remove food and bacteria from the mouth. However, it is important to brush afterwards to ensure that all of the toxins that are drawn out of the mouth are removed. For the record, a regular oil-pulling routine should not replace routine dental visits and traditional at-home oral care. Oil pulling does not reverse the effects of tooth decay, and it’s important that patients are made fully aware of that.


Studies have suggested that oil pulling can reduce oral plaque, halitosis, and gingivitis. There is a study that proves that coconut oil pulling has antibacterial effects but no amount of oil pulling can reverse cavities once formed. A dental cavity is a permanently damaged area of the enamel or dentin layer.


Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) is a synthetic product that is broadly utilized in toothpaste. Recently, a systematic review reported on SLS based toothpastes and their influence on recurrent aphthous stomatitis or mouth ulcers. The results also mentioned that SLS-free toothpastes showed significant reduction on number, duration, episodes and pain among recurrent aphthous ulceration patients. Additionally, SLS has been linked with other adverse effects likely to compromise oral health such as local irritation of mucosa leading to desquamation. Due to desquamation the integrity of the oral mucosa is compromised, thus initiating aphthous stomatitis. Globally, aphthous stomatitis is reported as being among the most common oral diseases.


The most common ingredient in toothpaste is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or lauryl sarcosinate, which helps creating a foaming lather in the mouth and removes dirt and grease from the teeth.. It irritates the oral tissues and can cause canker sores, oral ulcers, stomach problems, and even cancer. The SLS is a carcinogen and contains traces of 1,4-dioxane, which is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a Group 2B carcinogen. Moreover, it is also damaging and toxic for aquatic life.


Fluoride is crucial to an overall healthy smile. Fluoride works by strengthening your enamel, protecting against tooth decay, cavities, and enamel erosion. Homemade or alternative toothpastes that lack fluoride may freshen your breath, but they aren’t as effective at protecting your smile. In fact, recent research shows that without fluoride, brushing and flossing have little to no effect on cavities.


While it may be okay to use alternatives when toothpaste is not available, but it is not wise to replace it with toothpaste. A toothpaste is a specially designed formulation meant specifically to improve oral hygiene and must not be omitted from your dental care regime. 

Given the innumerable advantages of a toothpaste of natural and organic origin, it would be the ideal choice to use for you and your family. 

Natural toothpastes contain alternative ingredients to commercially available toothpastes which are completely safe and free from any negative effects. At the same time they include the benefits and advantages of commercially available toothpastes. Cleansing ability, fresher breath, prevention from cavities and tooth decay and gum infections and sensitivity.

These are the ingredients:

Black seed oil - Known to have excellent antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties

Zinc- Helps control the growth of bacteria, plaque and tartar thereby promoting healthy gums. ADA Approved

Acacia gum - A natural organic binder

Xylitol and Stevia- non cariogenic natural sweeteners. Xylitol helps promote saliva production and prevents tooth decay. It is also ADA approved.

Coconut oil - Helps lubricate oral surfaces to bring comfort to dry mouth sufferers and may help to prevent tooth decay after some enzyme digestion.

Green apple and Mint extracts - Taste modifiers with cooling sensation.

Aqua - Solvent to solubilize salts. Formulation aid.

Silica- Natural abrasives to assist stain removal.

Glycerin - Glycerin is a non-carcinogenic and a Non-GMO humectant that helps protect our formulas against bacteria growth and keep the product moist.


Nigella sativa (N. sativa) or Black seed Oil is a small flowering plant that grows in Southwest Asia, the Middle East, and Southern EuropeThis shrub also produces fruit with tiny black seeds. Commonly referred to as simply black seed, N. sativa seeds go by many other names, including black cumin, black caraway, nigella, fennel flower, and Roman coriander.Black seed oil is extracted from N. sativa seeds and has been used in traditional medicine for over 2,000 years due to its many therapeutic benefits.Studies suggest it may have numerous applications for health, including the treatment of asthma and aiding weight loss. It’s also applied topically to benefit skin and hair Products with black seed oil

Antimicrobial effects

1. Antibacterial

Studies of the effects of N. sativa extracts in vitro against resistant microorganisms, including resistant S. aureus and P. aeruginosa, showed promising and good results against many multi-drug-resistant gram positive and gram negative bacteria.

2. Antiviral

N. sativa was found to enhance helper T cell (T4) and suppressor T cell activities. Besides improvement in immunity, N. sativa extract had some inhibitory effect on the human immune deficiency virus protease.

3. Antifungal

Hanafi and Hatem (1991) were the first to demonstrate the inhibitory effect of the diethyl-ether extract of N. sativa extract against Candida albicans

the antifungal activity of N. sativa was found to be primarily due to thymoquinone.

4. Wound healing

N. sativa seed and its oil were found to promote wound healing in farm animals. Moreover, ether extract of N. sativa seed applied topically onto staphylococcal-infected skin in mice enhanced healing by reducing total and absolute differential WBC counts, local infection and inflammation, bacterial expansion and tissue impairment

Anti-microbial (antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal): Used topically and orally as a disinfectant on wounds
 
Anti-inflammatory: For rheumatoid arthritis 
 
Analgesic: As a pain reliever for headaches and tooth aches
 
Anti-hypertensive: Lowers cholesterol
 
Hypoglycemic: Regulates blood sugar in diabetic patients
 
Anti-carcinogenic: prevents proliferation of cancer cells and promotes apoptosis or death of cancer cells
 
Antioxidant: Boosts immune system
 

Histamine release inhibitor: For treating asthma and respiratory problems

Potential side effects and safety concerns

When used in small amounts for cooking, black seed oil is likely safe for most people.

However, there’s limited research on the long-term safety of consuming larger doses for therapeutic purposes.

In general, short-term use of 3 months or less hasn’t been linked to any serious side effects. However, in one study, taking 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of black seed oil per day for 8 weeks did cause nausea and bloating in some participants

One potential concern is that black seed oil may interact with medications that are processed through the cytochrome P450 pathway. Common medications that could be affected include warfarin (Coumadin) and beta-blockers like metoprolol (Lopressor

There’s also concern that taking too much black seed oil could harm your kidneys. In one reported case, a woman with type 2 diabetes was hospitalized for acute kidney failure after taking 2–2.5 grams of black seed capsules daily for 6 days

However, other studies haven’t shown negative effects on kidney health. In fact, some studies have even suggested that black seed oil has a protective effect on kidney function.

Overall, more research is needed on the safety of black seed oil in humans, especially for long-term use.


Black seed oil has innumerable health benefits including anti-inflammatory properties. 

In particular, black seed oil is rich in thymoquinone, which has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. As a result, studies suggest this compound may protect brain health and aid in treating several types of cancer. 

Antioxidants are important for health, as research has shown that they can reduce inflammation and protect against conditions like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.

It has been shown to improve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms: Taking oral black seed oil may help to reduce inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.


Decreasing asthma symptoms:
The anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil may extend to improving asthma symptoms. Its effect in reducing inflammation in the airways may also help with bronchitis symptom


While black seed oil may have some benefits for health, it doesn’t replace any current medications that you may already be taking.

Additionally, there’s currently insufficient evidence to establish a recommended dosage. As a result, it’s important to talk with your healthcare provider before using black seed oil.

Due to insufficient research, there’s currently no established recommended dose of black seed oil. It’s important to talk with your healthcare provider for personalized dosing recommendations.


A clinical trial conducted on a mouse to observe anti- aging properties in black seed oil concluded that there was an elevation in D- galactose a protein responsible to slow down the aging process. 


In traditional medicine, black seed oil has been used to treat a variety of health conditions. As a result, it has sometimes been referred to as “panacea” or universal healer.
While not all of its proposed medicinal uses have been proven to be effective, black seed oil and its plant compounds have been linked to several benefits for health.
High in antioxidants- helps protect cell damage
May help in treating asthma
Asthma is a chronic condition in which the lining of your airways swell and the muscles around them constrict, making it difficult for you to breathe.
Research has shown that black seed oil, and specifically thymoquinone in the oil, may help in treating asthma by reducing inflammation and relaxing muscles in the airway.
May aid weight loss efforts
While the exact mechanism isn’t fully understood, research shows that black seed oil may help reduce body mass index (BMI) in individuals with obesity, metabolic syndrome, or type 2 diabetes
Despite these promising results, more research is needed on the long-term safety and efficacy of taking black seed oil for weight loss.
May lower blood sugar levels
For individuals with diabetes, consistently high blood sugar levels have been shown to increase the risk of future complications, including kidney disease, eye disease, and stroke. 
May help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Black seed oil has also been studied for its potential effectiveness in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
The oil may also help lower blood pressure.
May protect brain health
Neuroinflammation is inflammation of brain tissue. It’s thought to play an important role in the development of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Still, more research is needed to confirm black seed oil’s protective effects for brain health.
May be good for skin and hair
In addition to medical uses, black seed oil is commonly used topically to help with a variety of skin conditions and to hydrate hair.
Research suggests that due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, black seed oil may help in treating a few skin conditions, including 

Acne

Eczema

General dry skin

Psoriasis

Despite claims that the oil can also help hydrate hair and reduce dandruff, no clinical studies support these claims.


  • Potassium

  • Phosphorus

  • Sodium

  • Calcium

  • Magnesium 

  • Zinc 

  • Iron

  • Manganese

  • Copper

  • Folic acid

According to studies and clinical trials Black Seed Oil (N. sativa) have been shown to bring about reduced skin irritation and improved skin hydration and epidermal barrier function as compared with placebo. The authors suggested the potential use of seed cakes in anti-aging, moisturizing, mitigating, and protective cosmetics due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities

The published original research articles on the effects of N. sativa and its ingredients strongly indicate its pharmacological potential in dermatology. 

If you have any current kidney problems, it’s recommended to talk with your medical provider before taking black seed oil.

Finally, due to limited research, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid using black seed oil, except for in small amounts as a flavoring for food.


Black seed oil refrigerated or kept in a cool dark place will extend its shelf life and prevent it from going ‘bad’ ideally it should be used within two years.


There is no scientific evidence suggesting that black seed oil darkens teeth.


According to a 2016 reviewNigella sativa seed is an ideal ingredient for medicine and cosmetics. The study details black seed oil’s properties as:

  • Antibacterial

  • Antifungal

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antioxidant

Advocates of black seed oil for hair suggest that these properties can help maintain scalp health by addressing issues such as dandruff while keeping the scalp moisturized. Clinical research doesn’t support this claim, however.

These people also suggest that black seed oil could help seal in the moisture in individual hair shafts because it’s rich in fatty amino acids.

Proponents of black seed oil as a hair loss remedy do have some research to back up their claims.

2014 study indicated that a mixture of coconut oil and black seed oil was effective enough in promoting hair growth to justify further study.

Also, a 2017 study indicated that an herbal hair oil containing Nigella sativa resulted in hair fallout reduction of up to 76 percent.

Telogen effluvium

Telogen effluvium is a condition characterized by a temporary shedding or thinning of hair.

2013 study of 20 women with telogen effluvium showed significant improvement when treated with a lotion containing 0.5 percent black seed oil.

However, given the study’s small sample size, further research is needed to determine whether black seed oil really is effective for treating telogen effluvium.


The biofilm appears as a yellowish buildup on the surfaces of teeth which may be removed by careful brushing, flossing and regular use of antibacterial mouth rinses. But underneath the tissues such as below the gum margin, physical removal of the biofilm may not be accomplished with a home care routine alone. 

This biofilm has now settled and become harder to form plaque and calculus, also known as ‘tartar’. There are over a 1000 different bacterial species present in the dental biofilm. Although the dental biofilm cannot be eliminated, it can be reduced and controlled by maintaining a proper oral health care regimen. Thorough mechanical oral hygiene procedures, including professional cleaning, tooth brushing and dental flossing are key to controlling biofilm accumulation. It is important to incorporate a good quality tooth paste and mouthwash to further assist in preventing the accumulation of the biofilm.

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Oral health and the integrity of the oral cavity are crucial to the general health of human beings. Many oral diseases can be prevented and for many years, the use of plants, oral health care, and therapeutic practices have been closely related.
Thymoquinone has been documented in numerous scientific papers for its anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial benefits to help maintain healthy gums. It has been shown to lubricate oral surfaces, bringing relief to dry mouth sufferers.
Upon further research, some studies and clinical trials were conducted whose findings have shown how black seed oil has been successful in treating the following dental issues: 

Reduce Dental caries: Dental caries is primarily caused by the breakdown of sugars in to acid in the mouth by a class of bacteria called streptococcus Mutans. It was found that the black seed oil extracts not only had a bactericidal effect against S. mutans but were also seen to inhibit the adherence of S. mutans to the surface of the teeth reducing plaque formation.

 

Reduce Periodontal and gingival diseases: shown to have antiplaque activity (results were equivalent to, synergistic with, or even better than the regularly used antibiotics, such as amoxicillin or tetracycline).


Prevent nerve/pulpal inflammation: when applied directly to the inflamed nerve. Can be used to replace formacresol in pulp capping in pediatric dentistry.


Accelerate the healing of mouth ulcers and mucositis especially those induced from chemo and radiation therapy



Expedite bone healing at dental extraction and surgical sites (suitable for all wound healing)


Improve Osseo-integration of dental implants into bone which is fundamental for the long term success of the implant.

Dental erosion is also known as the wearing away or chemical dissolution of the hard tissues such as Enamel, caused by acid. Dental erosion is seen very commonly in the modern world due to the increased consumption of acidic drinks, such as soda’s, sport drinks and juice boxes. All of these have the potential to cause demineralization of dental tissue.

After conducting many clinical trials of the effects of zinc in toothpaste, it was concluded that zinc ions are able to form a sacrificial layer of calcium phosphate mineral thus protecting the underlying enamel from damage by dietary acids and provide a localized, targeted source of calcium and phosphate to repair demineralized enamel.

Toothpaste with Zinc resulted in significant enamel re-mineralization of erosive prone enamel, indicating that these toothpastes could provide enamel health benefits relevant to enamel erosion. 

The study concludes that toothpaste containing Zinc without fluoride is also able to counteract the erosive effect of acidic beverages on dental enamel and in fact leads to re-mineralization of the softened enamel resulting in increased hardness and hence suggesting that these toothpastes could provide enamel health benefits relevant to enamel erosion.


There are many brands of toothpastes available in the market that contain zinc. There are many options to choose from depending on which suits your need. 

SprinJene Natural toothpaste incorporates the properties of zinc along with other natural nontoxic ingredients which produce the same results as commercially available tooth paste but without any long term side effects. No chemicals are added and is completely safe to use by adults and kids alike. Other fantastic ingredients include 

These toothpastes are available in a wide range including fluoride and no fluoride options for kids, 3 different delicious flavors as well as specialized toothpastes for sensitivity, whitening and bleeding gums.

Along with being acompeltely natural, the tooth paste range is proudly certified Kosher, Halal, Gluten free and cruelty free so it can safely be used by populations of all beliefs and religions.


Zinc can be safely consumed as supplements as well as in toothpaste. Although over dose can cause toxicity. This can be acute or chronic. Acute zinc toxicity is relatively rare as zinc is significantly harmless compared to other metals with the same properties. A patient with acute toxicity will present with:

  • nausea

  • loss of appetite

  • vomiting

  • abdominal cramps, especially stomach pain

  • diarrhea

  • headaches

  • Lethargy and fatigue. 

The chronic type of toxicity occurs when the individual has been exposed to long term high intakes of zinc that reaches 150 mg to 450 mg per day. Signs of chronic zinc toxicity include

  • lethargy,

  • copper deficiency

  • alteration of iron function leading to severe anemia

  • impaired immunity

  • obesity

  • reduced levels of lipoproteins. 

Finally, zinc toxicity is uncommon in humans. Ingesting far more than 50 mg of zinc could induce toxicity. Excessive zinc levels are cytotoxic and higher systemic zinc can cause death in experimental animals.


It has been seen that Zinc salts, when added to mouthwashes and chewing gum can counteract bad breathZinc reduces the number of sulfurous compounds in your breath. According to research it has been shown that regular rinsing with a solution containing zinc can be effective in reducing bad breath for at least 6 months.

The mechanism is such that the zinc metal ions, due to their affinity for sulfur, oxidize thiol groups in the sulfur-containing and convert them into non-volatile substances. The anti-VSC effects are probably also related to the antibacterial properties of the metal ions.

Especially, it has been reported that zinc has many biologic effects in oral cavity. Zinc ion can affect various oral microorganisms resulting in reduction of amounts of oral bacteria, dental plaque, and dental caries. Also, zinc ion has an ability to reduce amounts of oral VSC and can reduce oral malodor. Zinc is also cost effective so it can be applied to oral infection, dental caries, periodontal disease, and oral malodor, as preventive agents or long-term therapeutics. Because of many advantages of zinc in oral cavity, it can be concluded that zinc has many applications in oral diseases and should be incorporated in dentifrices.


Zinc has been used in many oral healthcare products due to its antibacterial activity against microbes. It’s mostly used in toothpastes along with other ingredients to combat calculus and periodontal problems.

Various experiments were performed to test the efficacy of zinc against Streptococcus Mutans bacteria and it was observed that zinc possessed the ability to inhibit the process of glycolysis. Glycolysis is the process during which glucose is fermented causing acid production which drops the salivary pH leading to demineralization of enamel.

It was observed that under normal pH of saliva, zinc has the capability of inhibiting the acid production by Streptococcus mutans by upto 50% whereas when used along with fluoride it proves to be bactericidal. Streptococcus mutans being aciduric is the most cariogenic bacteria. Zinc also efficiently inhibits the production of glucosyl transferases and this prevents accumulation of dental plaque.

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In the oral cavity, zinc is found in saliva, dental plaque and in the hydroxyapatite of the dental enamel. It contributes to healthy teeth formation, and is used in mouth rinses and toothpaste due to its important role in the prevention of plaque and dental calculus formation. Zinc also contributes to the reduction of halitosis in the mouth.

BENEFITS IN ORAL HEALTH

Enamel

It has been seen that zinc content in enamel increases during post-eruptive phase of the tooth suggesting that the tooth surface acquires more minerals from the oral fluids. Studies with synthetic hydroxyapatite showed that zinc is readily acquired by the apatite as it competes with calcium and can attain position on the apatite crystal making it resistant to acid dissolution.


Dentine

Dentine shows less crystalinity in structure as compared with enamel and is more soluble in acidic conditions. Zinc has astringent properties on dentine and therefore alters its organic component in demineralization. Studies have shown that tooth pastes containing zinc have been shown to prevent demineralization by 49% as well as being effective against bacterial growth and the formation of calculus and plaque.

Fluoride and zinc have been shown in various experiments to show a reduced rate of demineralization and promotes demineralization. 

Antimicrobial Properties:

Zinc has antimicrobial properties against different bacteria such as streptococcus mutans. Cytoplasm and glycolytic enzymes of the bacterial cells are expected to be the common targets of zinc. Zinc inhibits glycolysis in bacteria preventing fermentation of glucose in to lactic acidcauseing a major drop in pH of the saliva. Many invitro studies have shown that zinc has the ability to inhibit and limit acid production in dental plaque

Anti-oxidant:

It reduces the production of toxic agents such a hydrogen peroxide which noxious effects against host cells. Zinc prevents respiration in Fusobactererium nucleatum and other micro flora to stop the production of reactive oxygen hence it is an efficient anti-oxidant.


As a Marker in Oral Cancer:

Low level of zinc in the serum is related as a biomarker of cancer of eg: the lung, oral cavity, gall bladder, and colon and rectal. Zinc levels in whole blood, serum and saliva from oral cancer patients cannot establish a significant increase. Therefore it can be suggested that increased zinc levels encourage immune cells survival and tumor apoptosis as cancer cells have unregulated amount of zinc importers.

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Zinc is essential for health, and it plays a key role in childhood development, the immune system, wound healing, and other functions.

It’s necessary for growth, DNA synthesis and normal taste perception and reproductive health.

Zinc protects the human body from entering of a foreign virus and zinc directly inhibits viral replication.

Zinc may relieve oxidative stress and improve immune response by boosting the activity of T-cells and natural killer cells which help protect your body from infection. It also helps reduce inflammation and your risk of some age-related diseases

It plays a vital role in bringing vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes

It is an essential trace mineral or "helper molecule."

It plays a crucial role in keeping your body functioning properly.

It helps slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and can potentially slow age-related macular degeneration

It’s also vital for growth and development and influences taste and smell

Zinc gluconate can be a good option for addressing heart health and high blood pressure

Although zinc plays an important role in immune system function, too much zinc can suppress your immune response.


Zinc affects a number of processes that maintain a healthy immune system:

  • Zinc is crucial for normal development and function of cells mediating innate immunity, neutrophils, and NK cells.

  • Zinc deficiency can affect the Macrophages

  • Zinc deficiency can interfere with phagocytosis, intracellular killing, and cytokine production all are affected

  • Zinc deficiency adversely affects the growth and function of T and B cells. 

  • Zinc plays the role of an antioxidant when the body is undergoing inflammation.

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There are a ton of options to choose from due to the extensive variety of toothbrushes available in the market, but the question arises, which is the best one suited for you? According to a thematic review which focuses first on plaque formation mechanisms and then on the plaque removal effectiveness of sonic toothbrushes in preventing oral diseases like periodontitis, gingivitis, and caries. The results of published studies show that electric toothbrushes may have the most promising effect on good oral health. Existing ultrasonic/sonic toothbrush models do not significantly differ regarding the removal of dental biofilm and the reduction of gingival inflammation compared with other electrically powered toothbrushes, whereas the manual toothbrushes show a lower effectiveness.


There is no evidence that suggests the sonic toothbrushes are bad for your teeth. In fact, according to a long term analysis of clinical studies it has been seen that Sonic toothbrush usage has a long‐term protective effect on oral health in terms of reduced probing depths, clinical attachments and number of teeth lost. Based on this, it seems that use of electric tooth brushes may help in maintaining the number of teeth in the oral cavity and reducing the progression of periodontal disease burden in the long run.


According to the American Dental Association, the sonic toothbrush is both a safe and effective tool for removal of plaque and reduction of gingivitis. A variety of powered toothbrushes that use a different types of head movement (e.g., side-to-side, counter oscillation, rotation oscillation, circular, ultrasonic) are available and you can decide which one suits you best


According to the American Dental Association (ADA) electrically powered tooth brushes are more effective in maintenance of good oral hygiene but it must be emphasized that it is even more important to master the technique, frequency of brushing, use of good quality fluoride tooth paste and watch your diet. It is important to consider the following points:

  • You must brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles.

  • Replace toothbrushes every three to four months or more often if the bristles are visibly matted or frayed.

  • Either manual or powered toothbrushes can be used effectively.

Both manual and powered toothbrushes are effective at removing plaque. While the powered toothbrushes can be more expensive than most manual toothbrushes, some people prefer the powered version. People who have dexterity problems like the elderly, those with disabilities, or children or those who use dental appliances, like braces, may find a powered toothbrush easier to use.

Both electric and sonic toothbrushes feature a vibrating or oscillating brush head that either spins in a circle or vibrates in a side-to-side motion. The main differences between the two are speed of brushing and coverage.

Electric toothbrushes have brush heads that rotate at a rate of about 2,500 to 7,500 strokes per minute, while manual tooth brushes would be around 300 strokes per minute. Sonic toothbrushes vibrate much faster, at about 30,000 brushes per minute. Because sonic toothbrushes vibrate at around 10 times the rate of an electric toothbrush, a two-minute brushing session with a sonic toothbrush will give you more cleaning efficiency.

 Another benefit of sonic toothbrushes is that they offer a secondary type of cleaning due to an effect called fluid dynamics. Because of the extreme high rate of brush speed, sonic toothbrushes agitate the fluids in the mouth (water, saliva, and toothpaste), effectively turning them into cleaning agents that reach into crevices that the brush can’t access, like between teeth and below the gum line.


Currently, there are no means to ensure the complete and absolute removal of dental plaque from the oral cavity. Nevertheless, there are ways to manage and reduce the damage it can cause. This is made possible by using conventional dentifrices, cleansing agents, and different toothbrushes. It has been found that ultrasonic toothbrushes especially appear to remove dental plaque effectively and can considerably improve oral health.

In general, the efficiency of tooth brushing is dependent on the type of toothbrush, wearing of toothbrush, method of brushing, time of brushing, and on the use of mouthwashes and dental floss. In self-performed oral hygiene, the main concern is the removal of biofilm in interdental areas such as supra- and sub-gingival biofilm. While different methods exist for the prevention of plaque formation, the use of toothbrushes has proven to be the most efficient way.

Nevertheless, published data indicate that ultrasonic, as well as electric toothbrushes, maintain better oral hygiene than manual counterparts. By direct comparison of different toothbrushing systems, most clinical trials show that the sonic/ultrasonic toothbrushes perform better than purely non-acoustic powered brushes. Sonic/ultrasonic toothbrushes may have the potential to reduce more dental biofilm by stimulating more hydrodynamic effects and also by forcing more efficient brushing motions.

The core technology of ultrasonic toothbrushes remains the ultrasound-induced vibration of the bristles. The analysis of the reports and reviews published in recent years allows us to conclude that the mechanical energy transferred from the piezoelectric element leads to the vibration of the bristles. This primarily but not solely causes the cleaning action in the oral cavity. In addition to evoking high-frequency bristle motions, ultrasonic waves induce high velocity flows of oral fluids and additional acoustic microstreaming which indicates a better removal of dental biofilm than the sole application of mechanical scratching or sonic frequencies.

The differences in the reduction of dental plaque by ultrasonic vs. sonic toothbrushes were not statistically significant. Both types of toothbrushes showed successful removal of plaque and reduction in gingival infection but no elimination of already existing periodontal diseases, as well as no difference in the infiltration of supra- and sub-gingival regions. The combination of both types, sonic and ultrasonic, showed the most promising result in maintaining good oral health.


Gum recession is caused as a result of constant buildup of plaque which eventually hardens to form tarter. Due to this process the gums start to recede or move away exposing more and more tooth structure and eventually the root surfaces. This can cause more complications such as dentin hypersensitivity, and eventually tooth mobility. 

Due to the cleansing ability of sonic tooth brushes plaque is not allowed build u along the gum margins hence preventing gum recession in the long run.


  • ON: Press the power button to turn on the brush. 

  • Press again in less than 5 seconds to toggle through brushing modes.

  • OFF: Hold the power button for 2 seconds to turn off the brush. Turn off the brush before taking it out of your mouth to prevent splashing water and toothpaste.

  • Rinse your brush head and handle with water after each use. Wipe the entire surface of the handle with a soft tissue or cloth.

Definitely, yes. The Sonic toothbrush only aids in the brushing technique but cannot achieve elimination of bacteria and protection against cavities alone. A good quality fluoride toothpaste is just as important as the correct brushing technique. Therefore, when using the sonic toothbrush invest in a carefully chosen good quality tooth paste as well which is safe, healthy and has ingredients that are antibacterial and refreshing.


It is to be used as you would use your manual toothbrush which is up to thrice a day maximum and twice a day minimum. It cannot be emphasized enough that brushing your teeth before going to bed is extremely important and must not be skipped. Similarly, after eating a sugary meal such as sticky toffee, candy, or caramel or something that sticks to your teeth, you must immediately brush and rinse thoroughly afterwards.


It really depends on the persons eating habits and lifestyle. If they consume a lot of sugary foods, indulge in a lot of sweet beverages or staining drinks such as tea or coffee, it might help to brush thrice a day. This will help flush out any bacteria that starts to accumulate when there’s any food debris in the mouth or remnants of sugary beverages. It is also advised to brush your teeth more than twice if you have bad breath. It is not preferred to brush more than thrice in a day as excessive brush could cause abrasion or wearing away of the enamel.


Teeth may appear discolored or darker over time. They may not appear as bright as they used to be. There could be many factors contributing to tooth discoloration such as:

Extrinsic 

Intrinsic 

And age related

Extrinsic stains are those that are picked up by the teeth as a result of ingredients in your diet. Certain foods leave a stain on the teeth such as those containing turmeric, black coffee and tea can stain teeth, red wine and certain fruits and vegetables may stain teeth. Excessive smoking causes stained teeth as well as use of tobacco and betel nut chewing. These stains can easily be polished off during a routine dental procedure and are rarely permanent.

Intrinsic stains are those that are caused during development such as fluorosis or as a result to strong medications during childhood. These are permanent stains and can only be covered with dental veneers, crowns or fillings.

Age related changes refer to wearing away of enamel or the outer most layer of the teeth to expose the underlying darker colored layer or dentine. This is why teeth appear ‘yellow’

Tooth discoloration caused by extrinsic factors can be prevented if an good quality tooth brush were to be used with the proper brushing technique and a good quality tooth paste. This routine must be practiced regularly and efficiently to ensure stains aren’t allowed to develop and are washed away soon enough. Especially after consuming a staining food or beverage


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