A dentist has developed a tooth-cleaning powder that can treat plaque, cavities and other dental problems.
The company, called “toothpaste,” promises to remove plaque and cavities from your teeth and is priced at $79.95.
The toothpaste has been used by dentists in the United States and Canada for years, and is being tested for its efficacy and safety.
The product is being touted as a treatment for cavities, tooth decay, and tooth enamel wear, but some experts are skeptical.
“We’re concerned that the toothpaste itself is not a tooth treatment.
It is a cosmetic product,” said Dr. Brian H. Tatum, an oral surgeon in North Carolina who was not involved in the research.
Tatum said that while toothpaste is a good treatment, it does not prevent tooth decay.
“A toothpaste can actually slow down decay, but you have to be careful not to overdo it,” he said.
Tums told ABC News he had been using toothpaste for about two years.
He said he used it when he was diagnosed with a rare form of oral cancer, which is caused by a mutation in the enzyme responsible for the production of the chemical keratin.
Tumas son, who died last year at age 28, had a form of the disease called a stent, which causes his tongue to be unable to close properly.
The stent can be removed by a tube in the lower jaw.
Tums son had been on chemotherapy, but the cancer had not spread to other parts of his body.
“He didn’t have to go through the chemotherapy because he was able to go back to work,” said Tums.
Tummy said he and his wife had not had any problems with tooth decay or tooth loss.
“I just don’t think there’s a huge benefit to using this toothpaste,” he told ABC news.
Tumes son had died a few months ago, and the tooth-powder company has not released his autopsy report.
Husband and wife of dentist Brian H Tatum who developed the tooth paste, share a laugh after testing the product.
Tummies son died in November.
The FDA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.
Tumba said that in the future, he would like to see the toothpowder company add a prescription component, such as a toothbrush.
“This is a very simple product,” he added.