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does salt help against tooth cavities?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
No: Although in jamaica, they fluoridate salt, so in that instance it can help. Really, brushing, flossing and avoid refined sugars are your best defense against dental decay.
Answered on Nov 23, 2012
Dr. Seth Rosen
Specializes in Dentistry
Nope: No, salt does not help against tooth cavities. It does not contribute to cavities either.
Answered on Dec 5, 2012
Dr. James Beck
10 years experience Dentistry
No: No, salt does not prevent tooth decay. Plus, excess salt is bad for your overall health. The best formula for prevention of cavities is brushing thoroughly 2-3 times per day with Fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014

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