This is a question you may have wondered: “what goes into a good toothpaste?” Two things matter the most to us: 1)) the microbiome-conscious action against bacteria and 2)) the ability to regenerate enamel. Simple? Perhaps, but our colleague John Estrada might tell you the opposite.
“I consider myself much more an artist as opposed to an entrepreneur. My main concern is getting an item on the market that is reflective of my values. Quality of ingredients, formula all align with the values I hold dear.” -John Estrada, Co-Founder, and CEO
This is a question you may have thought of: “what goes into a good toothpaste?” Two things matter the most to us: 1.) The Microbiome conscious antibacterial effect and 2.) the ability to restore enamel. While it sounds simple however our colleague John Estrada might tell you the contrary.
John as well as many anxious soon-to-be fathers were worried about how his soon-to-be partner, Kori. Based on the advice of his doctor and a few other doctors, he embarked on a quest to discover a non-chemical toothpaste that was made from natural antibiotics. John’s search to find the perfect toothpaste proved more difficult than it appeared as he discovered that dental products that were chemical-free were nothing more than flavored toothpaste.
The drawbacks of toothpaste
The biggest complaint of the dental community about natural toothpaste is the absence of fluoride. Fluoride is a key ingredient in a lot of chemical toothpaste and aids in remineralizing teeth. The disadvantages that natural toothpaste has are serious. However, the dangers associated with chemical toothpaste are also significant. Traditional toothpaste that contains ingredients such as sodium lauryl, sodium sulfate, and propylene glycol can increase the risk of developing sores called canker (1), ulcers, and other health issues. In his quest to find the right balance between safe and effective, John founded RiseWell toothpaste the brand, which is his own brand of natural toothpaste that contains an exclusive remineralization agent known as Hydroxyapatite.
Toothpaste and enamel re-building
In order to comprehend why hydroxyapatite is significant, we must understand the fundamental structure of the tooth. The tooth has 3 layers, namely enamel dentin, and pulp. The outer layer of enamel is composed of the tooth and is made of a substance called hydroxyapatite. After eating, the oral bacteria digest the sugars that remain in our mouths. Fermentation creates acid as a byproduct which causes the enamel to become weaker. The result is tiny pores appearing in our teeth, where microscopic bacteria can flourish and multiply. You can probably guess the outcome (hint: cavities) (2).
Demineralization is a natural countermeasure to remineralization and our most popular ingredient to accomplish this is fluoride. However, the recent examination of fluoride’s effects has caused us to think that it might not be the most beneficial chemical to be putting into your mouth twice per day. Fluoride-based toothpaste is the most widespread source of fluoride in the world (3), and its ingestion–especially high among children–can lead to the development of fluorosis and other systemic side effects (4)(5).
Let’s break it down …(and Create it Up)
The problem is that fluoride, the most popular treatment for remineralization of your teeth is a risky side effect. However, eliminating fluoride-based chemicals in toothpaste in favor of going natural will not help rebuild the enamel and can increase the chance of developing cavities.
Catch 22? It would be if were not for our friends at RiseWell toothpaste. Hydroxyapatite comprises a large portion of enamel (97 percent!) (6). Studies have shown that nano-hydroxyapatite particles, which are commonly used in numerous dental practices, provide more remineralization benefits over fluoride (6). It’s safe, effective and, best of all, it’s absolutely safe (5).
Additionally, the toothpaste contains all-natural sweeteners as well as antimicrobial agents. The range of ingredients includes orange oils, wild mint, and more. fresh-from-the-farmer market toothpaste is likely to be what you would look like if you mingled all the produce in the fresh aisle. It’s tasty and gives the bacteria responsible for creating cavities within your mouth the kick it deserves.
So, what was the idea behind this toothpaste? We asked John Estrada, the aforementioned fretting father and creator of RiseWell to find out.
The art of toothpaste form and route to health
John says he is more than just a businessman. John is an artist. The main thing he is concerned about is making a product that represents what he believes and strives to achieve.
In the end, the product’s formulation and its feel RiseWell’s products complement John’s primary goal which is to improve overall health and well-being. The goal of John is to educate his followers about the weaknesses of traditional practices in dentistry and offer a different approach to conventional practices that could cause more harm than good.
We at Your Autoimmunity Connection believe that tiny changes in our lifestyles have the greatest impact on our health. We are delighted to learn that RiseWell has been built on the same premise: