If you're looking to preserve your tooth enamel, and the integrity of the surface of your crowns and dental work, you may be interested in using a tooth paste with reduced abrasion.
Enamel does not grow back on your natural teeth... once gone, its gone forever.
Porcelain crowns can become scratched and dull, making them more susceptible to staining and discoloration.
Here's a link to a chart to see how your toothpaste rates.
Additionally there's a video with it that explains the method by which these products were assessed for abrasion:
Me, I make up my own dentifrice by combining:
1. Three antibacterial oils:
10 drops Neem oil
10 drops thyme oil
3 drops rosemary oil
2. An abrasive (that scores a 7 on the chart), that has an alkaline ph to fight acid erosion:
1 teaspoon aluminum free baking soda
3. An antioxidant that's low in the gums of people with periodontal issues:
1 Opened Ubiquinol gel cap (make sure this is in oil, not silica as silica is too abrasive)
4. An antibacterial sugar alcohol:
1 teaspoon Xylitol... which I powder in a mortar and pestle
5.A non-irritating, carageenan and sodium laureth free, antibacterial base, that allows the oils and Ubiquinol to penetrate the tissues:
2 teaspoons coconut oil.
I mix this up and keep it in a small jar.
You need very little... this mix lasts about a month.
Great for gums, too!
O, and don't forget to use a tongue scraper!
Yes, you read me right!
Here's directions on how to make one in less that it took to type this blog, if you'd like to try it out before making a purchase:
Take care of youse!