MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - If your morning
routine puts brushing your teeth before eating breakfast, you know that juice
and toast with jelly doesn't taste so well after using toothpaste.
is essentially like a soap, it's considered to be a detergent," says Associate Professor Jill Stoltenberg with the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
She's talking about sodium lauryl sulfate, and ingredient you'll find listed on the back of your tube of toothpaste. It's
what makes your toothpaste foamy.
to what a detergent would do with your clothes in the laundry... Loosen the
dirt from the clothes, it's going to loosen the bacteria from the teeth and
help make it easier to remove the plaque and bacteria from the teeth," explains Stoltenberg.
There is an easy alternative to avoiding the
ingredient if you choose. A paste made of baking soda and water with a little
salt for scrubbing action and peppermint oil for flavor is an old time remedy.
The Associate Professor advises, "Baking
soda and water, certainly is a good thing to use on your teeth. The things
that's missing when we just use baking soda and water are some active
ingredients that are really essential for good health, like fluoride for
example... An anti-decay ingredient."
Whichever paste you choose... she says to
brush twice a day for two minutes!
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