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Toothpaste could be Ruining Your Teeth

 
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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.

Sources:

http://healthinfocenter.healthology.com/dental-health/dental-health-news/article4535.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzette-standring/too-much-toothpaste-damag_b_110419.html

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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Anonymous

This is so true. I used to stupidly brush my front teeth overtime hoping I'd get whiter teeth. Now my front teeth are worn down. All my other teeth were fine - except my front teeth.

August 15, 2012 - 12:37pm
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Anonymous

I have been brushing my teeth with nothing but water for the past 7 years, and have never had any problem with them. I also rinse my mouth with salt water I find this routine works best.

May 1, 2012 - 12:17pm
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Anonymous

I have been using more natural toothpastes for a while now to get away from all the junk. My dentist was just telling me that the best thing for your teeth is an electric toothbrush and gentle pressure. I think I might save my money with those natural toothpastes and spend it on the toothbrush instead.

June 24, 2011 - 2:40pm

Another side note, most mainstream commercial brands of toothpaste contain sodium lauryl sulfate(SLS) which is widely known to be an irritant, and can cause canker sores, a non-infectious but painful sore on the inside of the mouth. I used to have frequent problems with cancer sores as a kid, but since I switched to a toothpaste that did not contain SLS, I have never had this problem again.

June 20, 2011 - 11:00am
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