SCIENCE behind our CHOMPER CHALK™
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Total tooth & gum health has two equally important facets:
(1) tooth decay prevention
(2) tooth remineralization (tooth "healing")
Teeth do not re-grow (which is why a chipped tooth will stay that way), but they do remineralize. The minerals add back to the crystalline structure of your teeth, making them strong, healthy, and cavity-free. Unfortunately, the entire oral hygiene industry seems to be so hyper-focused on just tooth decay prevention that it is often at the expense of tooth remineralization, which guarantees a losing battle.
Your teeth are quite literally living crystals in your mouth, made up of a mineral called hydroxyapatite, that grow similarly to the crystals found in nature. This mineral is very hard. In fact, it's harder than most steel! That's why the dentist feels comfortable using those steel instruments to clean your teeth. So if it's so hard, why do teeth decay at all?
Acids. Acids actually chemically dissolve that tooth mineral (hydroxyapatite) slowly but significantly. It doesn't matter the source of the acids, any acid will do it, even the food you eat. Each time you take a swig of orange juice or enjoy a Caprese salad you are actually dissolving (and then swallowing) some of your own teeth! In fact, the reason why sugar is so bad for your teeth is not the sugar itself, but the fact that the sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth and causes them to produce a lot of acidic waste products. It's not the sugar that's the true culprit, it's the acids! But don't worry, your body is perfect and nature has already figured it out for us...
Circulating in your saliva every minute of every day are the appropriate minerals and enzymes necessary to remineralize your teeth and repair the inevitable daily damage incurred by acids. However, there's a catch: your teeth must have the correct surface chemistry to accept the minerals and remineralize. You don't need to add the minerals yourself, they're already there, in your saliva. What you do need to do is give them the proper surface chemistry and your body will take care of the rest.
What's that surface chemistry?
If those three parameters are not met, your teeth will not remineralize. This is where the current oral hygiene industry falls short...
All toothpastes contain glycerin (it's what makes toothpaste a paste). While glycerin can be beneficial for your skin & hair, it is anything but beneficial for your teeth.
Glycerin has been shown to put a coating on teeth that inhibits tooth remineralization and is very difficult to remove. Even after 20 rinses glycerin can still be found clinging to your teeth, inhibiting remineralization. This is why our Chomper Chalk is a glycerin-free powder, not a paste.
Fluoride is even worse, because it actually chemically modifies the natural structure of your teeth, changing them from their natural form (hydroxyapatite) into a biologically unnatural form (called fluorapatite). The rationale is that fluorapatite is slightly more resistant to acid decay than hydroxyapatite, so it's got to be better, right?
Wrong! Your body is not equipped to remineralize on top of fluorapatite, only hydroxyapatite, so the fluoride prevents remineralization. Fluoride actually deactivates the minerals and enzymes necessary to remineralize your teeth (as well as any other enzyme in your body, for that matter... did you know that fluoride is one of the most potent poisons known to man? When you play with it in the lab, you take it seriously!)
Furthermore, that "improvement" in acid resistance is slight, only 1 to 2 pH points. That means that instead of your natural teeth dissolving at a pH of 5.5, it takes a pH between 3.5 to 4.5 to make them dissolve. Is that really significant in practice? To put this in perspective, lemon juice has a pH of about 2, soda has a pH of about 2.5, and vinegar has a pH of about 3. So whether fluoridated or not, your teeth are still dissolving! And all that the fluoride does is prevent their natural recovery (remineralization), which is so critical to your tooth & gum health.
Last thing: abrasives. Do they scratch your enamel? No, actually, because remember your enamel is harder than most steel. There's a lot of misinformation circulating the internet about how tooth abrasives scratch teeth. They don't. Still, they're not a good idea, but because they harm your gums, not your teeth.
Abrasives are essentially tiny, insoluble rocks. They get left behind in your gumline after you rinse and are a haven for disease-causing bacteria. Plus, they can actually wedge between your gums and teeth, causing gum recession over time. Abrasives should be avoided, but for the sake of your gums, not your teeth.
Furthermore, abrasives are particularly ineffective cleaning agents because they just move stuff around, so a lot of plaque and tartar just re-deposit back onto your teeth.
Phew! That's a lot of background information. Now let's see how our Chomper Chalk™ elegantly & synergistically addresses ALL of these issues with only three food grade ingredients.
Our Chomper Chalk™ uses three active (and food grade) ingredients that work together synergistically to create profound effects.
The first ingredient, baking soda, is a highly water-soluble alkaline water-softener that neutralizes acids in your mouth, even in hard-to-reach crevices where cavities have already begun to form.
The pH of our baking soda is adjusted to provide the optimum alkalinity on the surfaces of your teeth for tooth remineralization. This not only takes care of the alkaline requirement that's needed for tooth remineralization, but it also helps to enhance the action of our second and most important ingredient: organic coconut soap.
Of course, it's no ordinary soap--it's a soap designed & optimized especially for your teeth. And that soap does what soap does best... CLEAN.
It cleans out plaque, tartar, and debris significantly better than the abrasives used in other toothpastes and toothpowders, both natural and synthetic alike, without leaving the gum-harming residues associated with abrasives. Because our soap encapsulates the grit & grime, instead of just moving it around like with abrasives, it doesn't re-deposit back onto your teeth.
During the soap-making process (called saponification) glycerin is inherently produced as a by-product. As we discussed before, glycerin is bad news for teeth, so we actually go through lengths to remove it from the soap. This optimized glycerin-free soap accomplishes the second requirement for remineralization by providing clean tooth surfaces.
This is where the whitening happens.
Just like how our baking soda synergistically enhances our soap, our soap synergistically enhances our USP grade activated charcoal from coconut husks.
Activated charcoal is like molecular Scotch Tape. In order to remove stains and toxins, it must make physical molecule-to-molecule contact with the stain or toxin before plucking them away from your teeth/gums/mouth. However, just as the stain does not "like" water (which is why it is "stuck" on your teeth instead of just dissolving into your saliva), neither does the activated charcoal. Normally, activated charcoal just "skates" on a thin film of water between the stains/toxins and only occasionally crosses that water barrier for long enough to pluck up the stain/toxin. Even with these short-comings, it seems to work alright.
But we have unlocked its full potential. The way we process our Chomper Chalk™ transforms the soap into a phase-transfer catalyst, which is a fancy way of saying that the activated charcoal no longer "sees" any water around it and so it is free to pluck off stains and toxins to its fullest potential... And it has A LOT of potential when fully realized.
Unlocking the full potential of our activated charcoal produces dramatic results. Not only is the whitening exceptional, and without the use of actual whiteners like bleaches or acids, but this takes care of the last requirement for tooth remineralization: exposed teeth. If your teeth are stain-free then they are fully exposed and ready to fully accept the natural tooth-building minerals from your saliva.
These stain-removing abilities also translate into toxin-removing abilities via the same mechanism. With Chomper Chalk™ there's no need to detoxify your gums & mouth with oil-pulling techniques because each time you brush your teeth for 2 minutes or more it detoxifies similarly to a 20 minute oil-pull.
Our Unsweetened Chomper Chalk contains only the three ingredients just mentioned. In our Original Chomper Chalk there is a fourth ingredient: Rebiana (non-bitter Stevia extract). It's only purpose is to make the taste more palatable and so it is completely optional.
Like xylitol, it adds sweetness without encouraging the growth of decay-causing bacteria. However, unlike xylitol, it is made simply from evaporated plant juice, whereas most of the world's xylitol comes from a multi-step chemical synthesis that starts with GMO waste-products. Obviously, we feel that Rebiana is a much better alternative when it comes to flavor-enhancement.
That's complete oral care with only four ingredients or less. Its power is in its simplicity.