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What Toothpaste Should I Use?

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When it comes to choosing a toothpaste, this comes down to personal preference. Most people will simply choose the generic brand that their family used when they were a child. Most often this will be a well known brand of the minty flavoured contains fluoride variety.

Toothpaste was originally invited to make toothbrushing taste nicer and provide some abrasion against the teeth.

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Feeling Guilty About Not Flossing? Maybe You Shouldn't

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So unless you are a dentist you may not have seen the news but there is no scientific evidence to back up that flossing makes any difference to the health of your teeth and gums! Now if like me you don't really like flossing and find it hard to do (yes even for a dentist its challenging - and growing up in the UK flossing is not something we tended to use) or you don't floss at all this may come as something of a relief. However, floss is great at removing food stuck between your teeth and many of my patients who floss do have healthier gums and less decay.

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How To Prevent Tooth Decay

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Preventing Tooth Decay

Cleaning your teeth and removing the plaque or bacteria layer is a great start to preventing decay but nutrition and underlying health must be part of this equation as research published in dental journals in the late 1960’ demonstrated that decay rates are intimately associated with the systemic health of your body.

The best solution to prevent tooth decay is to:

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The Theory of Tooth Decay is Flawed

tooth decay an holistic dentist says its more than sugar

W.D Miller proposed the bacterial model or theory of decay in the 1890's. And that is exactly what it was - a theory. A theory that the dental profession took hold of and ran with ever since. Yet, as early as the 1920's there were those who contested Miller's theory as flawed.

Miller's theory does not explain dental disease in all cases. As I mentioned above there are exceptions:

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Does Sugar Cause Tooth Decay

Does sugar cause tooth decay

Does Sugar Really Cause Tooth Decay?

Sugar is devoid of nutrients. If you want to grow big and strong and function at optimal levels you could not do it on a diet solely made up of sugar.

If this is the case, why then would bacteria, who need nutrients to survive just like you, choose sugar as their preferred food when there are so many other essential nutrients and factors available to support growth provided by its host - you and the diet you consume?

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Why Do Teeth Decay

Does sugar cause tooth decay

Tooth Decay
The Standard Model of Tooth Decay - Sugar and Bacteria

If I were to ask you what causes tooth decay you would most likely answer eating too much sugar.

Sugar is the right answer but also it is also the wrong answer. Confused? How can eating too much sugar be both the right and wrong answer? Let me explain...

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How To Avoid and Fix 6 Common Dental Problems When You’re Over 50

How To Avoid Dental Problems When You’re Over 50, Dentist Kenmore, Evolve Dental

Smile! There’s good news from the world of dentistry: Older Australians are keeping their teeth longer than ever before and the average number of teeth people retain into old age is increasing.  But it is not all smiles. As people keep their teeth longer, there are more problems that are likely to arise, which is why keeping up with regular dental visits is so important. Here are the most common problems, and what you can do about them:

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