What makes BioMinF different to any other toothpaste?
BioMinF delivers essential minerals over a period of up to 12 hours to protect and repair the tooth’s enamel. Delivering 24/7 protection when washing teeth twice per day. Traditional fluoride based toothpaste are washed out of the oral cavity (mouth) within a relatively short period of time
How does BioMinF work?
A Polymer in the toothpaste chemically bonds to the Calcium in the Enamel and to the Calcium in the BioMinF. This serves to stick the particles to the tooth surface and prevent the BioMin being washed away. The BioMin particle then slowly dissolves releasing Calcium, Phosphate and Flouride ions over the next 12 hours. When the oral cavity (mouth) comes under acid attack the, the rate at which BioMin dissolves increases to help protect the tooth.
BioMinF's smart response protects against acid attacks?
The BioMin bioactive glass is designed to dissolve faster as the pH levels lower in the mouth. When you consume acidic drinks or foods the BioMin releases additional Calcium (Ca2)+ Phosphate (PO43)- and Fluoride (F-) ions to protect the tooth against acid dissolution.
What is the active ingredient ?
As with most toothpaste on the market the key active ingredient for BioMinF is fluoride. What makes BioMinF different to any other toothpaste in the market is how the fluoride is delivered to the tooth. Through the use of a patented bioglass BioMin is able to deliver fluoride slowly over a long period (up to 12 hours) this delivery mechanism allows BioMin F to use less than 1/2 the fluoride of most traditional supermarket toothpaste.
Does BioMinF occlude open tubules?
Yes. BioMinF was designed to occlude the open tables that may be exposed from receding gums. The molecules in BioMinF are small enough to enter, fill and cover the open tubules.
Image : Before and after brushing with BioMinF.
Are BioMinF and NovaMin the same?
No. Though BioMinF and NovaMin belong to the bioglass family, their components are different. The BioMinF (active compound) is a newer compound called a Calcium FluoroPhospho Silicate. NovMin is a Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate.
The newer BioMinF compound has three advantages :
- It contains fluoride in the glass structure, enabling slow and extended release of up to 12 hours.
- Has a higher phosphate content for enhanced bioactivity.
- Smaller particles which can enter and fill the tooth’s open tubules.
What is a Bioglass?
For close to 50 years Bioactive glasses have had applications in the human body. Being used in a variety of applications including medical devices, cosmetics and dental products.
Bioactive glasses – which are different from conventional glasses – are composed of calcium and phosphate which are present in a proportion that is similar to the bone hydroxyapatite. These materials have found a wide range of medical and dental applications and have been used as bone grafts, scaffolds, and coating materials for dental implants.
In the 1990s bioactive glass was modified for use in the oral care, it was found that Bioglass in the oral cavity could produce hydroxylapatite which could be used to treat tooth sensitivity. The hydroxylapatite could fill the exposed tubules that allowed sensations like sweet, hot or cold to reach nerves and cause pain.
Over the past decade research conducted by Queen Mary University London and Imperial College London advanced on the composition of BioGlass to make a formulation (BioMinF) which could release calcium, phosphate and fluoride ions over a period of 8 to 12 hours. The release of these ions on the oral cavity produces mineral fluorapatite which can rebuild, strengthen and protect the tooth structure. According to professor Hill the ” fluorapatite is much more resistant to acids produced by bacteria and promotes remineralization, particularly in combination with the calcium and phosphate released from the glass.”.
BioMin’s technology received the prestigious Brasiers’ Venture Prize for innovation and in 2014 BioMin Technologies was founded to commercialise BioMinF.
BioMinF and Sensitivity
In some parts of the world you may see BioMinF marketed as a toothpaste that may help with tooth sensitivity. In Australia and New Zealand BioMinF can not be marketed in this manner without approval from the TGA / Medsafe. We are working towards gaining this approval.
Does BioMinF have a whitening agent?
Most of the “whitening” and “brightening claims” made by retail toothpastes are based on the toothpaste having mild abrasives that can reduce surface staining. BioMinF will deliver these type of whitening benefits. To receive significant whitening benefits consumers are advised to visit their dentists.
How does BioMinF have relatively low fluoride levels?
BioMinF contains about 60% less fluoride than most supermarket and pharmacy toothpaste. When applied correctly the fluoride in BioMinF is not washed away. The fluoride is used more effectively, enabling a lower fluoride content to be used. The lower fluoride level reduces the risk of fluorosis .
BioMinF contains approximately 600 ppm fluoride compared to most supermarket and pharmacy toothpaste that contain around 1400-1500 ppm.