A 33-year-old female asked:
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i hear whitening toothpaste destroys enamel. what toothpaste do you recommend and why? mouthwash recommended? bad breath from post-nasal drip/inhaler!

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Dr. Seth Rosen
Specializes in Dentistry
ADA Approved!: Whitening toothpastes can destroy enamel if overused since they are often too abrasive for your teeth. However, if you use a tube of whitening toothpaste here and there then you'll be fine. I always recommend antiseptic mouthwashes. Check for the ada seal of approval! the ada website (ada.Org) has a list of approved mouthwashes and toothpastes.
Answered on May 21, 2015
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Dr. John Comisi
37 years experience Dentistry
Simple is best!: In my practice i advise patients to only use the regular "cavity protection" tooth pastes since they only contain the items needed to clean and protect the teeth. It is my opinion that all the "extra" items and chemicals put in toothpastes and otc rinses are not necessarily good for us. Fluoride after brushing rinses are also a big plus to help reduce cavity possibilities.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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Dr. Lon Kessler
Specializes in Dentistry
Safe for enamel: Whitening toothpaste is safe for enamel. I recommend any toothpaste with flouride . There are many toothpastes available depending on your needs (teeth sensitivity, whitening, tartar control, etc..). Your dentist can help you decide what toothpaste is best for you. I recommend smart mouth mouthwash t control bad breath.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Rod Zimmerman
36 years experience Dentistry
Safe: Toothpaste and mouthwashes containing Fluoride are recommended to aid the enamel more resistance to acid breakdown.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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Dr. Mark Ryan
Dr. Mark Ryan answered
39 years experience Dentistry
Multiple part questi: Tooth paste that contains aluminum oxide as its abrasive will remove enamel for as long as you brush. Other abrasives dull quickly and are safer to enamel. Tooth pastes approved by the ada are recommended in general. I do not recommend mouthwash. Cleaning in between teeth will diminish bad breath, as does tongue brushing.
Answered on Apr 8, 2013
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Dr. Jerry Hu
Dr. Jerry Hu answered
22 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Carifree: A toothpaste with a low coefficient number for abrasiveness is made from carifree. Baking soda is low on the scale. Otc products usually have a number between 2.0 and 3.5, which are generally more abrasive.
Answered on Jan 1, 2017
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