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Is wintergreen oil in toothpaste effective?

Possibly: Aromatic oils such as wintergreen have a variety of reputed beneficail effects. I am sure an internet search will yield a plethora of information on the subject. ...Read more

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Chlorehexidine mouthwash effective canker sores?

Chlorehexidine mouthwash effective canker sores?

Not really: These are viral, chlorhex is for bacteria. Try warm salt water rinses. Mostly a matter of waiting 10 -14 days to go away. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does mint flavour toothpaste good for teeth?

Does mint flavour toothpaste  good for teeth?

Yes: Any flavored toothpaste used on a regular basis 2-3 times per day for 2-3 minutes each time is good for teeth. ...Read more

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What is a flouride-free, whitening-free natural toothpaste?

What is a flouride-free, whitening-free natural toothpaste?

Tom's of Maine: But why? Toothpaste doesn't clean teeth, brushing does. Talk to your dentist...Fluoride is a good thing. More than a half century of use has proved it's effectiveness at virtually no risk. ...Read more

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Recommended toothpaste and mouthwash?

The Answer...: The answer to your question is easily researched on the internet. You could access a resource such as www.2thtruth.Com or many others. Consumers report has written several good articles on this. ...Read more

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Duraphat 5000ppm fluoride toothpaste, is this okay?

Duraphat 5000ppm fluoride toothpaste, is this okay?

Dental care..: Duraphat is normally prescribed if you're a high risk for dental caries. It contains 5000 ppm Fluoride which provides greater anti-caries benefits. Consult with your dentist to see if you are a candidate for it. ...Read more

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Crest 3d whitening strips. Contains sodium hydroxide. Hydrogen peroxide. Carbomer. Sodium saccharin. I accidentally swallowed some will this harm me?

Crest 3d whitening strips. Contains sodium hydroxide. Hydrogen peroxide. Carbomer. Sodium saccharin. I accidentally swallowed some will this harm me?

No.: There is nothing in the way of ingredients that can be harmful to you if swallowed. After all, this product was approved by the fda as safe to use in your mouth and it is expected that some will be swallowed. ...Read more

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Poison oak, any suggestions--baking soda paste?

Poison oak, any suggestions--baking soda paste?

Many treatments: Poison ivy, oak and sumac rashes are an allergic response to oils produced by these plants. If you suspect you have been exposed wash your skin well to remove the oil. If you discover the itchy red rash instead, you will need to treat the symptoms. Anti-tich measures : baking soda, diphendyramine, and avoid overheating. Hydrocoritsone cream and domeboro soaks help too. See your doctor if severe. ...Read more

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Will regular toothpaste (not whitening toothpaste) whiten teeth?

Will regular toothpaste (not whitening toothpaste) whiten teeth?

No : Toothpaste is used mainly to prevent cavities/gingivitis or reduce tooth sensitivity. Regular toothpaste will not whiten teeth and neither will whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste is usually more abrasive and will remove surface stains on the outside of the tooth, but is not absorbed into the tooth to actually whiten your teeth. In other words, it may clean the teeth but not whiten. ...Read more

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Is it harmful for teeth to use listerine ( fluoride mouthwash) ?

Not at all: Listerine contains antibacterial ingredients, and the fluoride is the best thing to prevent cavities. Use only as directed on label. Do not overuse. Mouthwash does not replace either brushing or flossing. Brush 2x/day for 65-70% bacteria removal. Floss 1x/day to remove 25-30% of bacteria from between teeth where toothbrush can't reach. Use mouthwash 1x/day to remove 1-2% of bacteria. ...Read more

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Can sensodyne toothpaste really work?

Yes: Try it ; see. I personally use it ; it works. Recommend it to my patients all the time. ...Read more

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Is listerine (mouthwash) a carcinogen?

Is listerine (mouthwash) a carcinogen?

No but....: Listerine as well as many other mouthwashes come both with and without alcohol as an ingredient. That tends to dry the mouth and with long term use, and especially when you add smoking to the mix, there is some question as to it's ill effects. For most patients mouthwashes are not an essential part of good oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing and a nutritious diet low in refined sugars are. ...Read more

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Is saccharine (sweet taste) in toothpaste carcinogenic?

Weigh out: You need to weigh out all the pros, cons, risks and benefits, because there are so many things that are carcinogenic. Talk to your dentist about the ingredients in your toothpaste before making a final decision. ...Read more

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Can "listerine whitening mouth wash" really whiten your teeth?

Can "listerine whitening mouth wash" really whiten your teeth?

No : In order to whiten teeth, the whitening agent (gel, strip, tray, etc.) has to remain on your teeth generally for 15 minutes to a few hours. This allows the whitening agent to be absorbed into the tooth, and the whitening process to take place. Unfortunately, swishing a mouth wash for 30 seconds (or even a minute) does not allow near enough time for this to take place. ...Read more

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Fluoride in water, toothpaste, is this safe?

Yes, very safe: There are many scientific studies done by research scientists which indicate a variety of dental benefits associated with fluoride and fluoridation. ...Read more

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Can fluoride mouthwash & toothpaste stop or reverse tooth decay?

No: The only way to prevent tooth decay is by having a good oral care, meaning proper brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist twice a year for an exam and a professional cleaning. ...Read more

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Can a whitening toothpaste with baking soda irritate ones gums?

Can a whitening toothpaste with baking soda irritate ones gums?

Yes: Any toothpaste can irritate the gums baking soda in te mouth has an increase abrasive products. ...Read more

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Does listerine mouthwash help decalcification?

Does listerine mouthwash help decalcification?

It may slightly: If may help minimally if it has Fluoride in it. If you have decalcifications, discuss it with your own dentist who can properly advise you what can be done. It depends upon where they are, how big, how deep, if it's an esthetic or a structural concern, etc. Dentist have many methods to help remineralize the enamel or cover\repair the surface destruction of the tooth. ...Read more

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