Wednesday, December 12, 2007

ACT vs ACT RESTORE

Dear Dr. Ellie,

Act rinse VS act restoring mouthwash.... Is one product better than the other? Act restoring claims to strengthen softened tooth enamel. Act Rinse claims to make teeth stronger. Do both do the job? The sodium flouride (.15%) is the same in each. 


JA


Hi JA,

I would only recommend the original ACT rinse.
I do not believe the original can be improved.

Unless you have absolutely no saliva in your mouth, all the needed ingredients for remineralization are present in your own mouth.

The original ACT works to stimulate natural rebuilding of teeth with these natural minerals.
It does a superb job so I would stick to the old formula.

The concentration of 0.05 % seems to be the very best for rebuilding softened tooth enamel.
The important thing is the time that this rinse is in contact with your teeth the longer the better.
This is why use last thing at night is the best time of all. here is a link to a bit more information about remineralization:

http://www.zellies.com/store.asp?pid=19445

Are you using the complete system? ...if no, I would love to persuade you to try it!

Thanks for your question,
Ellie Phillips, DDS

2 comments:

David said...

I'm trying to figure out what minerals ACT restoring Mouthwash replenishes. Even on their own website ACT is vague and ambiguous about it. I think they said there was calcium in it but I don't see a list of any other minerals on their bottle or their website. So I'm wondering what these ficticious minerals supposedly are. I would email ACT but they make us give them our home addresses as part of the contact requirments. Any help? Thanks.

Dr. Ellie said...

I have always maintained that the kind of ACT you want is original ACT anticavity rinse - not the Restore variety.

Be careful and understand that there is new interest ( and money) in remineralization!

Years ago there were many unsuccessful studies adding "minerals"(calcium and phosphates) to promote remineralization.

As far as I know, there we never any positive or statistically significant results.

Enamelon(R) was a toothpaste company that desperately wanted to see a positive study result - and was never successful. The company has now gone, I believe.

The latest craze for MI paste is interesting. I think there is some kind of intellectual patent held by the ADA foundation on the ingredient. I am not exactly sure what this means in real life terms - but there is now a lot of money behind the advertising. I personally am not convinced this product works because of the minerals it contains - I would love to see studies to prove this.

My understanding of tooth remineralization:
For teeth to remineralize - you simply need a mouth pH above pH 7.2 (alkaline)
Usually there are sufficient minerals in saliva for this process to occur and adding extra minerals make little difference.
(If you want to make sure you have enough minerals for teeth, dairy products (like cheese) provide minerals, pH and protection!)

To enhance mineralization of teeth:
Dilute fluoride can speed the remineralization process (it acts as a catalyst - to move the minerals from saliva into the tooth surface).

Xylitol affects transportation of saliva minerals - (xylitol helps minerals move deeper into the enamel surface.

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