Is Nano Silver the New Amalgam?
Last week we started talking about silver nanoparticles, which are showing up in all sorts of consumer products these days because of their antibacterial properties. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about this emerging nanotechnology.
What do silver nanoparticles have to do with dentistry?
Over-the-counter dental products are getting in on the silver ion craze. You can buy nano silver toothpaste and nano silver toothbrushes.
Most of these products seem to be manufactured in South Korea. International import laws aren’t entirely clear, but one Russian website says, “We can export our Nano Silver Toothpaste to Chile, Algeria, Monaco, Latvia, Morocco, South Africa, and Armenia.”
While you can’t yet pick up nano silver toothpaste in major US grocery chains, you can find all this stuff online from sellers who will happily ship to US addresses. (I’ve also seen some of these products for sale in San Francisco’s Japantown.)
It is nearly impossible to find information about these consumer products except what the manufacturers have to say. But the data they offer isn’t particularly informative… Here are some dental products containing nano silver, and how their manufacturers describe the products. (Note: all content [sic].)
|Magic Silver Plus Nano-silver Toothpaste|
Summitek Inc. (South Korea)
“Magic silver toothpaste remarkably enables to whiten teeth, have strong teeth and clear oral cavity, and prevent from tooth-decay and bad odor. Especially, this functional silver toothpaste, eliminates tooth plaque and prevents disease.” (more info /how to buy)
|Nanover Nano-silver Toothpaste|
GNS Nanogist (South Korea)
“Nano silver prevents gum inflammation, periodontitis, periodontal disease in sterilizing and disinfecting the bacilli that is a major cause for all gum disease by pure silver of purity 99.9% included in the toothpaste, which is known as excellent nature antibiotics against each pathogenic organ such as virus, bacilli and colitis germs. Protects your teeth from tartar build-up, fights cavities, freshens breath, and whitens teeth by gently removing surface stains by double effect of propolis and protein silver. Protein silver is a natural antibiotic sterilizer which has excellent immunity and sterilizing power. Xylitol does an important part which strengthens prevention against decay of teeth. Chitosan is a very important raw material which hardly has an immune reaction.” (more info / how to buy)
|Oragan Nano Silver Toothpaste|
LK Trading Co. (South Korea)
“New concept functional toothpaste containing pure silver of transparent component without pigments, displays an excellent efficiency in getting rid of plaque, tooth-decay, odor, and whitening teeth.” (more info)
Nano Plasma Center Co., Ltd (South Korea)
“Brightens & Whitens teeth without peroxide while preventing cavities and plaque formation. Keeps clean and fresh oral hygiene. Removes halitosis. Protects against dental cavities.
Protect against absorption of the pollutants such as nicotine plaque. A catalyst consolidation which is the BIO. Makes the living body rhythm good. The silver no has strong sterilization facility and antibacterial effect.” (how to buy)
Ace Silver Plus (South Korea)
“Silver products such as toothpaste, soap, toothbrush. All made from Colloidal Silver called Nature Antibiotic, which is powerful, universal prophylactic and antibiotic, save, non-toxic, non-accumulative substance and can kills over 650 different pathogens. Based on benefit of silver property, our Nano Silver Products are certified in conformity with FDA Approval (USA), CE and ISO and best products dealing with wide popularity on home-shopping, Cable TV, Internet Shopping Mall and Network Company. These Nano Silver Products are widely exporting to USA, Japan, Europe, Middle East Asia, and talking with Southeast Asia as well.” (more info)
|Mouth Watchers Nano-Silver Toothbrush|
Mouth Watchers (UK & USA)
“Enjoy healthier teeth, gums and general health with our antibacterial nano-silver toothbrush. Our innovative nano-silver bristles reduce bacteria on the toothbrush by 99.9% within 6 hours to help your teeth and gums stay healthier. The pure silver that is impregnated into the bristles of the Mouth Watchers toothbrush gives the bristles a natural color.” (product info)
|Nano Gold Anti Bacterial Toothbrush|
Clean Up (South Korea)
“Our company uses only edible gold that is purely 99.9% gold composition for the product with no harm to the human duct of the integrity of our company and the audience-proof with a big-time product within the company… In comparison with the other toothbrush, our toothbrush’s sterilizing power/antiseptic is better than any other toothbrush due to the aura of the negative ion/anion.” (how to buy)
Next week we’ll take a look at the science and laws behind nanotech products — particularly consumer products containing silver.
What do you think about these dental products?