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The U.S. professional oral care market grew 5.1% over the last three years to reach $426.5 million in 2013, according to Kline & Company's Professional Oral Care USA market report.
This article reviews in vitro studies that have found Chinese licorice extract to impart potent antibacterial and soothing properties, which make it an interesting candidate for applications in oral and personal care. Further, a clinical study is described in brief, assessing the ability of a supercritical CO2 extract from Chinese licorice to impart breath-freshening properties.
Pelletech has introduced cellulose-based beads loaded with 30% caffeine for energizing and invigorating personal care products.
This edition examines oral care formulas to address erosion and sensitivity with an article by Faller. Also, Rigano discusses the components of toothpaste and their functions. New findings in naturals and sun care are also always of interest, and in this issue, Tooley et al. describe a water-based titanium dioxide dispersion for natural UV protection. Finally, Becker et al. present a time-saving method to pre-evaluate filler pigments for soft focus effects.
While the introduction of fluoride remarkably increased the life expectancy of natural teeth, two oral care problems have since emerged: tooth sensitivity and dental erosion. This article describes approaches to these problems and discusses the challenge of simultaneously maintaining fluoride efficacy in multi-benefit toothpaste formulations.
If consumers think that brushing their teeth with toothpaste is a simple hygiene procedure, they are mistaken. Mouth care is a complex strategy and modern cosmetics do much more than simply eliminate microbes.
While it may help to protect teeth from decay, fluoride at high levels also has been reported to irritate the gastrointestinal tract and some manufacturers have formulated products without it. However, toothpastes without fluoride are not providing any real benefit beyond cleansing, says Arman Sadeghpour, PhD, who, by chance, stumbled across another raw material that exhibits better anti-cavity efficacy than fluoride without adverse health effects.
Scientists have identified two substances in licorice that kill the oral bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Organic personal care brand Kiss My Face has substituted aloe vera gel for water in its latest oral care launch, Whitening Aloe Vera Toothpaste. This toothpaste is formulated with aloe vera to heal and soothe.
Lush has introduced a line of solid toothpaste tablets. Toothy Tabs are said to foam like "regular" toothpaste to clean teeth and leave your mouth feeling fresh.