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Is Hydroxyapatite Toothpaste Right for Your Child?

December 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmaggie @ 8:12 pm
Little girl brushing her teeth in front of mirror

Some dentists adamantly state that patients must use fluoridated toothpaste in order to maintain healthy teeth. However, there are a number of people who have some questions and concerns about fluoride. Is there an alternative substance that is equally good at preventing tooth decay?  Here at Dr. Maggie Davis & Associates, we sometimes suggest the use of hydroxyapatite toothpaste as part of our holistic approach to pediatric dental care. What is hydroxyapatite, and how might it protect your child’s smile? This blog post explains.

Hydroxyapatite vs. Fluoride

Hydroxyapatite is a naturally occurring mineral that plays an important structural function in bones and teeth. When it is incorporated into toothpaste, it sticks to the enamel and forms a protective shield that can reduce the risk of tooth decay. It also has important pH-buffering qualities, and it has phosphate- and calcium-releasing properties. Many parents like that it is safe if swallowed, so even very young children can use hydroxyapatite toothpaste without the risk of fluorosis (hardened white spots on teeth).

Fluoride is also a natural mineral, but it works differently within the human mouth. Instead of forming a protecting coating over the teeth, it actually binds to them, meaning that it can help to remineralize them and reverse minor spots of decay. The biggest downside to fluoride is that overuse can lead to a condition known as fluorosis, which can discolor the teeth and even adversely affect a person’s bones if too much is ingested.

However, that doesn’t mean that fluoride is bad. It simply needs to be used in appropriate amounts, and young children should be closely supervised when using fluoridated toothpaste.

Which Type of Toothpaste Should Your Child Use?

Hydroxyapatite toothpaste might be better for your child if:

  • They are very young and have not mastered proper spitting techniques. (As they get older, it may be wise to incorporate fluoride into their routine.)
  • Their teeth are strong, and you are looking for a way to prevent future damage.
  • You are reluctant to allow fluoride into your child’s mouth.

Fluoride toothpaste might be the better option if:

  • There are some signs that your child’s teeth have already begun to weaken, and they are at a high risk of developing cavities.

Do Not Use Just Any Hydroxyapatite Toothpaste

There are a number of companies that sell hydroxyapatite toothpaste, but you should not automatically choose the cheapest or most convenient product. The particle size of the hydroxyapatite plays a big role in whether it can be effective; if the particles are too large, they will not stick to teeth, making the toothpaste virtually useless.

It is important to use nano-hydroxyapatite, which effectively sticks to teeth and can reduce the risk of tooth decay. In our practice, we prefer SuperMouth products.

We recognize that more long-term research needs to be done on hydroxyapatite toothpaste, but in the meantime, we are excited to offer it as another way to help our patients maintain healthy smiles. Ask us about it during your child’s next checkup!

Meet the Practice

Drs. Maggie Davis, Lorielle Alter, and Kathryn Kiskaddon are proud to serve young smiles in the Palm Harbor community. If you are interested in getting product recommendations to help your child enjoy excellent oral health, we are ready to speak with you. Contact our friendly and knowledgeable team at 727-786-7551.

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