Ditch the toothpaste, or continue on with our normal dental rituals?
In the article by Huffington Post, Dr. Nachum Samet, a prosthodontist and director of Restorative Dentistry with the Harvard School of Dentistry, said toothpaste manufacturers should reduce the abrasives in their products, which damage the tooth enamel.
However, Samet also said using toothpaste benefits in fighting cavities and avoiding gum disease, so maybe the wear caused by toothpaste is a “reasonable price.”
If you still feel the need to dab your toothbrush with some kind of product, try using natural toothpaste without harsh abrasives or potentially harmful chemicals.
Toothpastes with less artificial ingredients may cause less damage to teeth while thoroughly cleaning the mouth. So if you’re not convinced “dry brushing” is the way to go, try out a less harmful toothpaste to save the enamel on your teeth and keep the unnatural chemicals out of your mouth.
Reviewed June 17, 2011
Edited by Alison Stanton
Kate Kunkel is a journalism student looking to minor in nutrition at Arizona State University. She currently interns for EmpowHER and has a passion for healthy eating and fitness.
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