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are there any teeth cleaning products that do damage?

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Dr. Maurice Lindly
Dentistry 38 years experience
NO: All dentifrices available at any drug store are safe to use. There may be some available at health food stores etc, that are too abrasive.
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 43 years experience
Possibly.: Hard brushes and some toothpastes can abrade enamel and exposed root. There are metal cleaning picks being sold that should never be used for the same reason. Watch your cleaning technique. Some people are sensitive to detergents in some toothpastes or rinses, such as sodium laurel sulfate, and may develop mouth sores as a result. Have your dentist demonstrate the best products for your mouth.

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