Supersmile is one of the greatest dental care companies in the world today and my personal favorite. In fact, I just want to throw it out there now that they have the best mouthwash I have ever used in my life. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Smigel of Supersmile about the brand and here is what he had to say…
(Q) Tell me a little about the Supersmile brand…
Invented by Dr. Smigel, the “Father of Aesthetic Dentistry”, Supersmile is a clinically proven collection of premium whitening, breath-freshening and cavity-fighting formulations designed to deliver the most comprehensive, safe and effective oral care to prolong the health and beauty of teeth and gums between dental visits. Supersmile is the #1-recommended tooth whitening system by cosmetic dentists, sold in dental offices, spas and specialty retailers. Supersmile is world-renowned for its unparalleled ability to safely whiten while also cleaning, protecting, and strengthening teeth.
(Q) What are the advantages of using Supersmile’s whitening products as opposed to other whitening products?
Supersmile is the only whitening oral care line developed to safely whiten and re-mineralize tooth enamel with the use of Phosphates, Magnesium and Calcium. Supersmile’s line of complete oral care products is the first to incorporate the breakthrough science of Calprox® – our proprietary form of Calcium Peroxide. Certain additives, ingredients and harsh abrasives in other whitening products, such as silica, are known to erode, scratch and weaken the enamel. By omitting silica, Calprox® is far safer than competitive whitening ingredients.
(Q) What is Calprox? Tell me a little more about this amazing contribution to Supersmile…
Calprox® is our proprietary form of Calcium Peroxide that works by gently dissolving the protein pellicle – a thin layer of protein that forms on the tooth surface, to which plaque, bacteria, and stains adhere. Removing the stained pellicle leaves the teeth looking and feeling cleaner for a longer period of time. Our Professional Whitening Toothpaste with Calprox® removes surface stains on natural teeth and is especially kind to artificial tooth surfaces including bonding, veneers, crowns, and dentures. To bleach beneath the enamel, add a pearl size drop of Supersmile Professional Whitening Accelerator to the Whitening Toothpaste. The ingredients in Supersmile products provide superior and safe whitening that is beneficial to the overall health of your teeth and gums.
(Q) You have everything from whitening systems, toothpastes to mouthwash to toothbrushes, dental floss, tongue cleaners to even gum. Currently, what are Supersmile’s best selling products?
One of our best selling products is the Supersmile Professional Whitening System, which contains both the Professional Whitening Toothpaste and Professional Whitening Accelerator. The combination of Supersmile Whitening Toothpaste and Accelerator will whiten teeth up to 5 shades in 30 days simply by brushing your teeth. The Whitening System dissolves the protein pellicle (sticky film on teeth) to which plaque and surface stains like coffee, tea, tobacco, etc. adhere and removes the stubborn, deeper stains beneath the enamel simply by brushing. Your teeth not only feel smoother and cleaner, but are noticeably whiter, and brighter without any sensitivity. Many people also love our quick, easy, on-the-go options such as the Quikee or our Professional Whitening Gum.
(Q) Tell me a little more about the Supersmile Quikee…
The Quikee is a no-brush, no-rinse tooth whitening, plaque preventing, and breath freshening polish. Formulated with Calprox, the Quikee conveniently and effectively removes stains caused by coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco, significantly whitening teeth instantly, while freshening breath on-the-go with an Icy Mint flavor. Supersmile Quikee is ideal for those times when tooth brushing just isn’t an option – before or after a date, in between meals and meetings, after a wine tasting, during a long flight – whenever, wherever the mood for a Quikee strikes. Just squeeze the tube until a small drop appears on the tip, apply directly to your teeth and smooth across with your tongue until completely dissolved.
(Q) I noticed that the Supersmile Professional Whitening Gum contains Xylitol. For those people that don’t know about Xylitol, what is it and how is beneficial to ones’ dental regime?
Our Professional Whitening Gum is sweetened with Xylitol, a sugar alcohol which helps aid in cavity prevention. Unlike other natural or artificial sweeteners, Xylitol is beneficial for oral health as it re-mineralizes the tooth enamel. When used in gum, it will prevent cavities especially when the quantity of xylitol is 60 to 65%. Our Professional Whitening Gum is perfect to use after meals, tastes great, and is proven to whiten up to one shade.
(Q) When it comes to using any kind of oral care product, I have to ask, what are some ingredients one must avoid?
Ingredients to avoid include:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): This foaming agent is often used in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, and other products to achieve a lather effect. The harshness of this chemical has been proven to create microscopic damage to the oral tissue that lines the inside of your mouth, causing Canker Sores.
Silica: This form of sand, commonly found in whitening toothpastes, scratches away at tooth enamel causing irreparable damage to teeth.
Polyethylene: A versatile ingredient found in toothpaste because of its properties as an exfoliating, polishing agent. However, warnings suggest that using it on broken skin can lead to toxicity.
Sodium Hydroxide: Commonly used in drain and oven cleaners, this strong corrosive is now appearing in whitening toothpastes, causing burns and gastrointestinal ailments.
Ammonium Hydroxide: Ammonium hydroxide is found in many industrial products and cleaners such as flooring strippers, brick cleaners, and cements. Prolonged exposure can cause irritation, burns, gastrointestinal and respiratory issues.
Parabens: Parabens are chemicals that are used as preservatives in many toothpastes and cosmetics that some people believe may cause harm to their health.
(Q) Most people neglect tongue cleaners in their oral care routine, but I have to ask, why is a tongue cleaner important to use?
Tongue cleaners are very important because they eliminate the plaque and harmful bacteria that cause bad breath and gum line cavities. Anything you eat turns into sugar and combines with the acid in your mouth to cause bad breath. That bacteria is also responsible for gum line cavities. The bacteria that is left on the tongue that causes bad breath is called actimnomicosis. You can limit the production of this bacteria by cleaning your tongue once a day, which takes less than 10 seconds. Don’t brush your tongue with a toothbrush because it does not remove the bacteria, but rather just re-circulates the bacteria around the mouth.
Using a tongue cleaner is the most effective way to remove the bacteria that not only causes bad breath but plaque and gum disease as well as is responsible for gum line cavities. I recommend the Supersmile Flexible Tongue Cleaner which works to optimally clean the surface of the tongue, lifting trapped bacteria and leftover food participles from the tongue’s surface and eliminating the bacteria that causes bad breath while keeping your mouth feeling fresher and cleaner.
(Q) How important is flossing?
Flossing is essential because it removes harmful bacteria, plaque and stains between the teeth. Flossing not only protects you from receding gum lines but it also eliminates tiny food particles from in between teeth – which need to be lifted to prevent decay from settling in those spaces. Supersmile’s Professional Whitening Floss is infused with Calprox and baking soda to keep gums clean and healthy. Flossing helps to clean the area in between teeth and under the gum line where normal brushing can’t reach. Flossing can be laborious and tricky but once the technique is mastered it’s really quite simple to regularly remove food and bacteria from the delicate gum line area and aid in the prevention of gingivitis.
We recommend that the floss is made from unwaxed nylon. This type is preferred because waxed floss can sometimes glide over and miss tiny areas of plaque. A floss treated with calcium peroxide will also gently dissolve superficial stains like coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine, etc. and whiten hard to reach areas between teeth. To floss properly, take about 18 inches of floss and wrap around the middle finger of each hand. The index and thumb fingers are the working fingers, which hold the floss taut, keeping about ¾ inch of floss between them. Start with the upper back teeth, wrapping the floss around each tooth in a c shape (with the back teeth use the index fingers only). Slide the floss gently past the contact points between the teeth (without snapping it against the gum). Wrap floss tightly, front and back, around each tooth, slipping it around the gum crevice, and scrape down for the uppers and up for the lowers.
(Q) When it comes to dental tips, there are a lot that do not work for everyone, as there are some that simply do not work at all. What is one dental care tip you have that works?
Many people don’t know how to brush properly. The ADA recommends that you brush at a 45°angle to ensure the best cleaning between the teeth and gums. This angle ensures that germs and bacteria are removed from the sulcus- the area between the teeth and gums where bacteria often gets trapped. That’s why I created Supersmile’s patented 45°Angled Ergonomic Toothbrush to guarantee superior cleaning above and beneath the gum line.
Using the wrong toothbrush can cause enamel erosion and damage to your gingival tissue. Some people make the mistake of brushing too hard. Excessive or vigorous brushing could cause irritation to the gums and erode tooth enamel. To brush correctly, I recommend brushing in a circular motion to cover the entire tooth. Point the bristles of the toothbrush towards the gum line in a 45-degree angle, so that the center row of bristles on your toothbrush is positioned to clean between the teeth and gums. Also, brushing at night is very important, so make sure to brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes.
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