What Is Toothmousse and CPP-ACP?

Milk and cheese have been reported as offering protective benefits and Professor Eric Reynolds and his team of researchers from the University of Melbourne have isolated one specific protein from milk, casein-phosphopeptide amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP).  This has shown considerable potential for use in caries prevention and enamel remineralisation.

Casein-phosphopeptide is a sticky protein that binds calcium and phosphate irons and stabilises them in an amorphous state.  When applied within the oral cavity CPP-ACP will readily bind to pellicle, plaque, soft tissues and increases the bio-availability of calcium phosphate on the tooth surface.  CPP-ACP thus helps maintain a state of super saturation of minerals at the tooth surface depressing demineralisation and enhancing remineralisation.

How Does This Help The Teeth?

CPP-ACP is recognised as a food additive and is safe for patients although it should not be provided to those with milk protein allergies.
CPP-ACP acts as a buffer for acid challenges, provides a source of mineral for remineralisation and acts to form a protective protein layer for the teeth.  CPP-ACP works in synergy with fluoride.

Clinical Protocol For Using Tooth Mousse

1. Clean teeth thoroughly using a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste.
2. Immediately follow with an application of tooth mousse.  This should be a pea-sized amount smeared directly onto the teeth with your finger.  For patients with orthodontic retainers, the tooth mousse can be placed inside the retainer adjacent to the teeth.
3. Repeat this process twice a day.  The most important time for usage being prior to bedtime where the tooth mousse will remain in the mouth overnight.

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