As it turns out, chocolate is not so bad for teeth after all and it could be used as an alternative for fluoride. A clinical trial conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, examined the effects of a chocolate extract against fluoride-based toothpastes on hypersensitive teeth. The trial revealed that the cacao extract Rennou™, is actually more effective than fluoride for repairing and restoring enamel and occludes dentinal tubules, thus eliminating dental hypersensitivity, in just a week. There is also another study suggesting that chocolate remineralizes teeth better than fluoride.
For instance, in United States more than 40 million Americans suffer from tooth pain and sensitivity. The independent clinical trial of 80 patients sought to compare the enamel-strengthening potential of Theodent™ toothpaste containing Rennou™ against fluoride-based toothpastes by evaluating each of the products capacity to repair and re-mineralize exposed dentin. This is the leading cause for tooth hypersensitivity.
In the end, the study concluded that patients who brushed their teeth with cocoa-containing Theodent™ twice a day for one week experienced “100 percent dental occlusion,” revealing that the dentinal tubules of their tooth dentin were re-mineralized or repaired.
Theodent Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Arman Sadeghpour commented: “This clinical trial illustrates the dramatic effect of Theodent after just one week. Theodent goes to work occluding dentinal tubules after the first day of use with significant benefits in just seven days.”
Then he added that, “the comparison to toothpastes containing fluoride – one as much as 5,000 ppm – validates what our research has shown all along: that Rennou, the active ingredient in Theodent, is more effective and safer than fluoride, which can be toxic if ingested.”
The trial compared Theodent Classic toothpaste containing Rennou™, Sensodyne NuPro 5000 ppm fluoride NovaMin containing toothpaste, standard Colgate toothpaste, and a version of Theodent’s formulation with fluoride. Finally “the clear star of the clinical trial was our chocolate extract Rennou™, not fluoride,” said Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Tetsuo Nakamoto.
Dr. Nakamoto explained: “Theodent toothpaste with Rennou™ was compared to a 5,000 parts per million fluoride containing toothpaste, that means the competition had more than 7,100 times the amount of fluoride in their toothpaste than what’s in the drinking water and Rennou™ still had significantly better results on dental sensitivity and in a shorter period of time,” he concluded.
The investigation was leaded by clinical researcher Dr. Bennett Amaechi, director of Cariology at the UT Health Science center in San Antonio, giving his credibility to the study, and funded by a research grant from Theodent.
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