A Vitamin B-12 enriched tooth gel is reviewed. – Readers are reminded of counter-productive and harmful ingredients in conventional dental care. – Dancing with the pro-con devil is discussed.
And if you think that you’ve spotted something similar here before – yes, I did a review of the SANTÉ dental med toothpaste vitamin B12 earlier. You’re welcome to re-read that post to find out how a toothpaste or tooth gel can help with Vitamin B12 levels (hint #1: the mucous membranes help absorb it) and why not only vegans risk developing a Vitamin B12 deficiency (hint #2: raw veal liver, anyone?).
To refresh your knowledge on the fantastic dental health benefits of Xylitol go here.
However, the Sante Dental med tooth gel Vitamin B12 without Fluoride is slightly different, and since the first product has already helped me up my Vitamin B12 level, I decided to give its fluoride-free sibling a fair chance!
The tooth gel’s ingredients (full disclosure) gets an all-green thumbs up on Codecheck:
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Xylitol, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cyanocobalamin, Xanthan Gum, Algin, Aroma (Flavour).
On the PLUS side:
 The tooth gel does not contain alcohol (apart from glycerin), no harsh surfactants, no anti-bacterial toxins such as Triclosan or any further toxins, preservatives, or colourings.
These are to be avoided at all costs.
 The dental gel does not contain fluoride.
A huge win in my book, since scientific evidence has piled up by now that proves how it’s more toxic than helpful.
 The surfactants used (Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate) are known as non-irritant.
The gel does develop a very fine foam, and I have the feeling that it’s helpful where otherwise floss is needed – in the interdental space.
 Xylitol fights tooth decay; Sea Salt helps neutralising excess acids that remain from sugary drinks and foods.
On the MINUS side:
 The tooth gel contains an unspecified fragrance – and glycerin.
Glycerin is said to create a thin film on the surface of the teeth and gums where it thwarts our natural “self-cleaning” mechanisms.
I think there’s something to this version; however, it’s always about choosing your evils in life.
This formula seems to contain a lot of glycerin (it’s listed second), but the Vitamin B12 intake on the other hand is very important to me. My solution right now is to use up a tube of Santé tooth gel every couple months only and get back to my renewed, holistic dental care routine that I talk about in another post for the rest of the time. Is it ideal? No. Is it the best possible solution for me, right now, right here? Probably yes.
The product is a bright pink, semi-transparent gel with a pleasant, mild, sweet and salty taste. I think I should add that the Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12) has a naturally red/pink colour, so there are no colourants added.
When used, the tooth gel develops a very fine foam slightly different from conventional tooth paste; the sensation of freshness does not feel artificial; also there are no minty flavours that are usually added to mimic freshness. I had people with sensitive and damaged teeth test it and they confirmed having no unpleasant sensations, such as a “sharp”, painful feeling on the exposed cervical areas.
In conclusion, having read articles over articles on dental health, I see how little we know, how little most dentists (!) know, and well, it must have dawned on all of us, how little we all should lend an ear to advertising.