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Are trendy ways of cleaning your teeth effective, or dangerous?

18th April 2018

The Daily Mail featured an article this week on so-called ‘trendy’ methods of cleaning your teeth and I was very pleased to contribute.

I’ve been asked about these other options many times before. See my previous posts here on charcoal toothpaste, here on the ancient practice of  ‘oil pulling’ and here on lemon and apple cider vinegar!

Remember, extensive reports and research conclude that fluoride poses no risk to health when used in toothpaste. Read more about it here. It is so important to use a toothpaste that contains the right amount of fluoride. We need fluoride in toothpaste to help teeth resist daily damage caused by acidic food and to help prevent tooth decay. All children up to three years old should use a smear of toothpaste with a fluoride level of no less than 1000ppm (parts per million). After three years old everyone should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste that contains 1350ppm to 1500ppm.

 

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