My experience: Oravive with NovaMin
Posted by Xeno on October 11, 2008
Comparison of NovaMin® and other Calcium Phosphate Technologies
NovaMin releases high levels of Ca2+ and P5+ into the oral environment, along with Na+ that increases oral pH, creating the ideal conditions for rapid tooth remineralization.
The silica containing Ca, PO and Na bind to the tooth surface.
The Na buffers the pH above 7 (the pH is needed to be above 7 to allow for the precipitation of crystals onto the tooth surface)
The NovaMin will release rapid and continuous deposition of a natural, crystalline hydroxyl-carbonate apatite (HCA) layer that is chemically and structurally the same as tooth mineral. No other man-made materials is known to directly lead to the formation of these crystals in the body. NovaMin has also been shown to have significant anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Clinically Proven Benefits
- Significant reduction of tooth sensitivity.
- Remineralization of acid erosion and abrasion.
- Inhibiting the development of dental caries.
- Significant reduction of gingivitis.
- Consumer noticeable whitening.
NovaMin has no fluoride and it really heals teeth by regrowing them with actual tooth material. I purchased mine from Oravive.
It does have some stuff in it that I question. One is sodium lauryl sulfate, but they are working on a formula without that.
The ingredients of Oravive intensive mineral therapy dentifrice are: Glycerin (usually bad in toothpaste, but might be good in this case), PEG-8 distearate, Silica, Calcium sodium phosphosilicate (NovaMin), Sodium Lauryl sulfate, Titanium dioxide, Aroma, Carbomer (aka carbamide peroxide a bleaching agent), and Potassium acesulfame sweetener.
They instructions say to brush, and spit, but don’t rinse. Carbamide peroxide has some warnings, however, that were not included with the product. I’ll ask them about this when I get time.
Oral: With prolonged use of oral carbamide peroxide, there is a potential for overgrowth of opportunistic organisms; damage to periodontal tissues; delayed wound healing; should not be used for longer than 7 days; not for OTC use in children <2 years of age
Otic: Do not use if ear drainage or discharge, ear pain, irritation, or rash in ear; should not be used for longer than 4 days; not for OTC use in children <12 years of age – umm
Acesulfame Potassium (K) was approved for use by the FDA as a safe artificial sweetener in July, l988. It is a derivative of acetoacetic acid. Unfortunately, several potential problems associated with the use of acesulfame have been raised. They are based largely on animal studies since testing on humans remains limited.
The findings showed the following:
Acesulfame K stimulates insulin secretion in a dose dependent fashion thereby possibly aggravating reactive hypoglycemia (“low blood sugar attacks”). Acesulfame K apparently produced lung tumors, breast tumors, rare types of tumors of other organs (such as the thymus gland), several forms of leukemia and chronic respiratory disease in several rodent studies, even when less than maximum doses were given. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, it was petitioned on August 29, l988 for a stay of approval by the FDA because of “significant doubt” about its safety. – sweetpoison
I can’t recommend a product with these ingredients.
Yes, I should have asked to be certain about all the ingredients before purchasing, but we don’t always have time to check everything out. The web site for Oravive lead me to believe that NovaMin was the only ingredient in Oravive IMT Tooth Conditioner. The product page I visited describes NovaMin but doesn’t mention any other ingredients.
“Oravive IMT Tooth Conditioner uses natural mineral ions – calcium, phosphorus and sodium – to brighten, strengthen and desensitize your teeth. These are the same ions naturally found in saliva as the natural protection system for the mouth. You will see and feel healthy changes in your teeth and gums – and a more beautiful smile.”
Only after a call to the company did I figure out that clicking in a certain image on their web site lead to the ingredient list. UPDATE: 10/23/08 The FAQ now includes the ingredients.
I did purchase over $60 in single use packets from Oravive. I don’t care if it is sweet or not. It isn’t worth the risk of cancer. How about pure NovaMin, can I just buy that? I contacted the company and was informed that they don’t sell NovaMin alone, but they do provide it to researchers at no charge if they find the research interesting enough. I’d still like to make my own toothpaste with it.