Dentists: Is Nano Silver the New Amalgam?

Is Nano Silver the New Amalgam?

Silver toothpasteLast 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 ToothpasteMagic 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 toothpasteNanover 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 ToothpasteOragan 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-SIL silver nano toothpasteNANO-SIL Toothpaste
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 PlusAg+ Toothpaste
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 ToothbrushMouth 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 ToothbrushNano 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?

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  • J R W

    Where’s the science?

  • HAC

    Do you think this has to do with a more common product called silver sulfadiazine creme or trade name Silvadene Creme, a prescription only product which has been used for topical antibacterial properties and wound management? When applied it has a slight shimmer due to the silver particles. In the USA it is by prescription, but since other countries have unregulated antibiotic drug availability, it could be OTC in products like toothpaste with no repercussions legally in countries marketing outside the US. Just a thought.

  • Eldon L. Bradham, D.D.S.

    After reading manufacturers claims for their products I’m reminded of the old rule that if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. I agree “Where’s the science?

  • http://SanRamonDentalCare Karl J. Muzikar, DDS

    After 27 years of general dentistry 5 days a week, I can never predict what my patients will pick up on and for what reasons. (I’ve had a patient pay to have her hair analyzed to find out “how much of each metal is in her body” and then asked me to remove all of the metal posts and pins under her crowns!) Wouldn’t it be nice if all of the claims were true? This is the first that I have ever heard of this category of product. There will be many patients willing and ready to try it for any number of reasons: it is new; it is not made in the USA; it is not mainstream; it has no big, American backers (yet); it has the word silver in it; they saw it on UTube; etc. Many of my patients say that they do NOT care what the science says, they read it on the internet and now they want to try it. I do not argue with that kind of logic (anymore).

  • The Visible Dentist

    Where’s the science?

    …it’s whatever the manufacturers, the distributors, investors and their partners say it is. In the end, the rationale for marketing an unproven safe, or quasi-effective product has little to do with consumer benefit.

    John Barremore
    Houston, TX

  • Carolyn Matherly

    Isn’t there some law requiring products to be independently tested or checked by some one like UL or such?????

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  • Michele Banks

    The problem with medical trained physicians is that they were trained at the hands of pharmaceutical companies. Never once did it occur to the intern to question their formulations, especially if they were provided with the double blind testing results. However, in all of that testing, it is absolutely shameful as to the side effects that each and every one of the drugs cause. It is very simple that the body is made of living organisms and those living organisms have an intelligence that goes far beyond our understanding. However, what has been discovered is that these organisms have several ways of communicating amoungst themselves. They also detect the presence of forms that are of harm to that host and are trained how to rid the host of the invader, be it a chemical, virus, parasite or bacteria. So why is it such a hard feat to believe that silver, especially when broken down into the finest particles, can perform such anti-bacterial and anti-viral feats? It’s beyond me that any professional would not take the time to investigate more info even just on the internet where volumes of scientific data is available. The microscope can be the best advocate in this case. Look through the eyes of a microscope and witness the behavior between silver and pathogens and learn a little something about negative and positive charges within and without the cell. It will begin to make sense to some. To others, this is just snake oil because it doesn’t come with a patent. What troubles me the most is that these doctors’ families are also going to be denied these wonderful products that can truly benefit them externally and internally without the known side effects that chemicals typically create.

  • Dental Marketing Options

    This sounds lovely and all, but why does silver help teeth? I think an aspect of this article is missing.

  • Michael Groman

    I’ve been using the Mouth Watchers toothbrush for about four months. I cannot speak to the science behind “nano-silver,” nor do I offer any opinion as to its efficacy. However, I like this toothbrush better than any I have ever used. It is comfortable on my gums; its bristles seem to be more durable, as they have deformed less through use over time; and if my 6-month cleaning results yesterday are any indicator, it has done a better job of preventing stains. (This last, of course, is anecdotal, and subject to too many variables. Only a well-designed study can measure results conclusively.) My point is, “nano-silver” aside, the Mouth Watchers toothbrush is worth considering simply on its merits as a toothbrush.

  • ToledoTSI

    I have been using Mouth Watchers Nano-Silver Toothbrush for about a year now and swear by it.  Not only am I happy with the fact that silver destroys bacteria I especially like the shape of the actual bristles.  Rather than blunt cut, these bristles are pointed and thus more easily get into the natural grooves in my teeth and reach deeper between teeth.  After using it the first time I felt like I had just been to the hygenist for a cleaning.

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