Well… Let me share a little with you from my recent discovery journey, and also share a bit about myself. I am curious by nature, I love to learn new things, and I also love the use of natural/healthy ingredients in any and every thing as much as possible.
With that said, you can probably figure out why I was curious about Avon’s new toothpastes that are not using fluoride. I have heard and read that fluoride is not really the best thing for us, but what else are they going to put in toothpastes to strengthen and remineralize our teeth?
Well, I found out, kind of accidentally. But I’m certainly glad I did.
Here’s the Avon Perioe toothpaste that started my quest.
Okay — you’re probably like, well, this is a honey toothpaste, and that is a shocker too, right?
Right! That’s what fascinated me so much about it from the get-go. This toothpaste’s ingredients include royal jelly and Australian propolis extract, known for nourishment and soothing properties. So I was like, yay! This sounds fabulous and I’m going to try it. Which I did. And I love it. I’ve been telling my Husband for 2 weeks now that my teeth feel better. I have really sensitive teeth and a lot of times my teeth will hurt when I only touch them with my toothbrush before I brush – even with sensitive toothpastes. So when I saw that this had nourishing and soothing properties, that’s what sold me right away. And it is very soothing. I actually look forward to brushing my teeth now. It has a very mild mint flavor with a backnote of honey.
So, I thought well, before I blog about this amazing toothpaste that I’m enjoying so much, I’d better find out what it uses to strengthen teeth since it does not contain fluoride.
There in the ingredients it says: Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Extract). I thought well, perhaps that’s for flavor? But oh no… It strengthens and re-mineralizes your teeth! How fabulous is that?
I’ve been doing my own research on this, and I have to say that this is not a claim by or from Avon. Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Extract) is an ingredient that is used in their (Perioe) toothpaste and I’ve done my own research into the “why” they used this instead of fluoride.
Here are several of my sources:
Medicinal Foods, Health Hub, NCBI Dental Research Journal
A quote from the Wallstreet Journal as posted on Medicinal Foods.com:
“Dental Research: Theobromine, the Chocolate-Based Active Ingredient in Theodent™ Toothpaste, Works Better Than Fluoride to Strengthen Teeth.” –The Wall Street Journal
Shared from MedicinalFoods.com:
A peer-reviewed study investigated the enamel strengthening ability of Theobromine to repair, heal cavities and remineralize teeth.
Measuring the hardness of the tooth, the report showed Theobromine’s ability to expand the Apatite Crystals that are involved in hardening tooth enamel. This Study in a well-respected Dental Journal shows that Theobromine in Cacao remineralizes teeth better than fluoride.
Is cacao truly as the Maya believed, a “Gift from God?”
Well, Theobromine literally means, “Food of the Gods” so go figure!
More research shows that theobromine, is far better for your teeth than your average toothpaste that contains fluoride.
So there you have it, and along with the amazing benefits of propolis and royal jelly. Here is a blurb from Dentistrywithaheart.com regarding propolis for dental use.
First, it kills oral bacteria and prevents them from thriving. Second, it makes it harder for oral bacteria to form plaque, which sticks to the teeth and increases the potency of acid attack on enamel.
I hope this post has interested you as much as it has me in what we’re using to clean our teeth.
I also hope that you’ll give the new Perioe Royal Black Bee Honey Mint Toothpaste a try for yourself.
Till next time, stay fabulous!
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