What It Is, Benefits, & More
- Hydroxyapatite (HAp), in its natural form, is a form of calcium that makes up 97% of your tooth enamel and 70% of the dentin of your teeth. The rest of your enamel is actually composed of water, collagen, and other proteins.
- The chemical formula for hydroxyapatite is Ca5(PO4)3(OH).
- Hydroxyapatite is also the major (60%) component of bones. In addition to toothpaste, it’s been used in osteopathic research to help strengthen bone material. It also shows promise for orthodontic restorations.
- The high HAp concentration in tooth enamel is the reason it’s so strong.
How does hydroxyapatite toothpaste work?
- Hidroxiapatite acts by placing the minerals your teeth lose when they’re demineralized and filling in the tiny “fissures” or “scratches” in your teeth that otherwise play host to bacteria.
- Because your teeth recognize this compound, they absorb and uptake hydroxyapatite down to the root. This is most beneficial when we’re talking about tooth decay because HAp can reach down into the furthest area of decay to rebuild enamel on any tooth surface.
When is my child ready to start brushing their own teeth?
- It is important to note that until the age of 7-8, children are not skilled enough to perform effective oral hygiene alone, so it is the parent’s or caregiver’s responsibility to supervise and review brushing.
What’s the different between Nano-and Micro HAP?
- Nano-HAp is the gold standard in Japan and has been for over 40 years.
- Its smaller particles are great for reducing tooth sensitivitve.
- Micro-HAp is derived only from natural ingredients and can be found in
toothpastes at higher quantities than nano-HAp.
It’s non-toxic & biocompatible.
- One of the biggest drawbacks of fluoride toothpaste is that fluoride, at high doses, is a neurotoxicant (a toxin that impacts the brain). However, hydroxyapatite toothpaste is a biocompatible substance that your body recognizes as something that belongs there.
It’s good for the oral microbiome.
- Using HAp toothpaste will help protect your teeth from “acid attacks” by bacteria, but without wrecking your oral microbiome. Fluoride, on the other hand, is bactericidal and tends to kill off bacteria in the mouth.
The Best Hydroxyapatite Brands
- Boka Ela Mint Toothpaste
- RiseWell Mineral Toothpaste
- RiseWell Kids’ Mineral Toothpaste (birthday cake flavor)