Dental technology continues to improve in areas from Cosmetic Dentistry and Implant Dentistry and now a new toothpaste developed by a startup company is claiming to be twice as effective as traditional toothpaste such as Crest or Colgate. CBS broadcasted a segment explaing about the new toothpaste called Livionex, took 5 years to develop and uses a different method to attack plaque which causes decay and gum disease. According to the article and the developer, Livionex breaks the molecular bond between the plaque sticking to the tooth so that it just falls off. Conventional toothpastes work by using detergents and abrasives to remove plaque. In laymans terms, it seems that Livionex claims to make it harder for plaque to stick to the teeth.
(photo from Livionex website)
Research has been conducted at the University of Calornia Irvine on Livionex and the results look promising. However, the American Dental Association has stated that Livionex research is in the early stages and that claims against plaque and gingivitis are premature.
As for cost, it may seem expensive at $20 per tube, however, if it is as effective as initial studies prove it would be worth it as a means of controlling the amount of dental decay and gum disease in the population.
I truly hope that this product lives up to its claims as our current toothpastes and products are helpful but certainly not as effective as we would like them to be. If you have any questions about Houston Cosmetic Dentist or Houston Dental Implants, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF