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FAQs

BioMin™ F

What makes BioMin F different to any other toothpastes? 
BioMin™ F 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

What are Bioactive glasses?
Bioactive glasses were initially developed for bone grafting, and have been developed for use in BioMin™ F toothpaste to deliver a combination of Calcium, Phosphate and Fluoride ions to promote effective remineralisation of tooth enamel through the production of Fluorapatite. These glasses are highly biocompatible.

What is the difference between BioMin™ F & BioMin™ C?

BioMin™ F and BioMin™ C additives are from the same family of bioactive glass materials, designed to put back the lost apatite mineral that is dissolved from tooth surfaces on a daily basis, but what are the differences between BioMin™ F and BioMin™ C...

BioMin™ F

BioMin™ F contains Fluoride in the glass besides Calcium and Phosphate. As the glass starts to dissolve in saliva these three ions combine to precipitate Fluorapatite on the tooth surface. Fluorapatite is more resistant to acid attack than hydroxyapatite by a factor of 10.

BioMin™ F foaming Fluoride toothpaste incorporates fine BioMin™ F particles to supply a low levels of Fluoride for up to 12 hours after brushing. The Fluoride content of the toothpaste is below 600ppm and is slowly released in a controlled manner as saliva dissolves the fine glass particles. The Fluoride will combine with Calcium Phosphate also released from the glass to produce acid resistant Fluorapatite.

BioMin™ C

Within the BioMin™ C glass material, a Chloride ion replaces the Fluoride ion incorporated in BioMin™ F glass. BioMin™ C is a more reactive glass and develops apatite formation more rapidly, however it does not provide the enhanced acid resistance of BioMin™ F since Hydroxyapatite is precipitated onto the tooth surfaces rather than Fluorapatite. 

The development of this additive has lead to the creation of our FLUORIDE FREE toothpaste BioMin™ C.

 

Does BioMin™ F toothpaste regenerate tooth mineral permanently?
From day to day your mouth is fighting daily against acid attack. Almost everything you eat and drink either is quite acidic or could contain sugars, that can react with bacteria to form acids. These acids subsequently will attack the tooth enamel and dissolve Calcium and Phosphate from the surface. If the tooth enamel is lost, it cannot re-grow, once it has gone it's gone. BioMin™ F toothpaste is used to help reduce the effect of acid attack and can protect and provide tooth mineral for up to 12 hours. For continuous protection against acid attack we recommend using BioMin™ F toothpaste twice daily and improve your diet by reducing sugar intake.

 

Is BioMin™ F safe for children to use?
Whilst we have yet to undertake clinical research on the use of BioMin™ F for children, we see no reason why it should not be used. The lower level of Fluoride is well within the recommendations for children and does not represent a foreseeable risk.

Is BioMin™ F safe to use while pregnant?
Whilst we have yet to undertake clinical research on the use of BioMin™ F for pregnant women, we see no reason why it should not be used. The lower level of Fluoride is well within the recommendations does not represent a foreseeable risk.

Does BioMin™ F toothpaste provide the right amount of Fluoride for hypoplasia?
BioMin™ F toothpaste delivers for up to 8 times longer than traditional Fluoride toothpastes on the market, thus providing continuous protection. The level of Fluoride delivery from BioMin™ F toothpaste combined with Calcium and Phosphate is optimal for the development of new tooth mineral. We believe that not only Fluoride but also Calcium and Phosphate are required for effective development of new tooth mineral (apatite). Whilst we have yet to undertake clinical research in this area, it is potentially feasible that BioMin™ F may be an effective aid for such cases.

How much Fluoride does BioMin™ F toothpaste contain?
BioMin™ F contains approximately 60% less Fluoride than most supermarket and pharmacy toothpaste, containing less than 600 ppm Fluoride per tube, compared to most supermarket and pharmacy toothpaste which contain around 1400-1500 ppm. The lower Fluoride level may reduce the risk of fluorosis.

What is BioMin™ C toothpaste?

BioMin™ C is the FLUORIDE FREE toothpaste which also contains bioactive glass, formulated to adhere to the tooth surface and slowly release mineral ions in a similar manner to BioMin™ F - only without the Fluoride and much faster – to produce a hydroxyapatite coating.

Does BioMin™ F toothpaste 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. BioMin™ F is classed as a low abrasive toothpaste so therefore could deliver some whitening benefits. To receive significant whitening benefits consumers are advised to visit their dentists.

Are BioMin™ and Novamin® the same?
No.

Though BioMin™ and Novamin® belong to the bioglass family, their components are different. The BioMin™ (active compound) is a newer compound called Calcium FluoroPhospho Silicate. Novamin® is a Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate. The newer BioMin™ F compound has three advantages: It contains Fluoride within 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.

Where I can buy BioMin™ toothpaste in Canada?
At this point in time, BioMin™ is currently only available through this website. If you would like your local chemist or dentist to stock BioMin™ please ask them to contact us.