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Egghshell Toothpaste

I have a patient that is asking me for advice on a homemade eggshell toothpaste. Other than having no fluoride in the toothpaste, are there any other reasons you can think of to advise the patient against using it? I’m concerned about the abrasiveness of an eggshell pumice, however I’m having a difficult time finding any research to back up my thinking. There doesn’t seem to be an RDA value for eggshells. What are your thoughts on it?



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I searched and searched and couldn’t even find one scholarly article about eggshell toothpaste. I also searched for the RDA value and didn’t find a thing on that either. However, I did find many natural living websites saying how great it is and that it can even heal cavities, but with no sited sources backing up their claims. Like you, my concern would be the abrasiveness. Because of the abrasiveness and lack of any type of research on efficacy or safety, I would have a hard time telling a patient that its okay. I would hate to see a patient brush away their enamel thinking they are doing good by being “natural.” As we all know, enamel doesn’t grow back!

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I had a patient make their own Granola. Within six months all their molars had occlusal wear into the Dentin and the cusps were nonexistent. Just because it’s natural and you made it doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

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