Why are we talking about cleaning teeth?

We have been talking about our human body and our marvelous brain and what we eat to maintain both body and brain so cleaning teeth is part of that.

You don’t really even need toothpaste—especially not every time you brush. Brushing is the number one way to protect your teeth from decay. That is true, even without toothpaste. It is perhaps just like washing the dishes. If we leave them in the sink the bits of food and liquids dry out and stick on them making them hard to wash. A quick rinse just after the meal gets rid of most of the stuff sticking on them. We can use a detergent and a dish cloth or a mop to help wipe them clean but if it is really stuck on we can use steel wool but this will scratch them.

Products used for cleaning teeth contain ingredients that act much the same way but some are very dangerous. Here are some of the ingredients often found in toothpaste.

  • Glycerin
    • This is a nontoxic soap that can cause problems. Toothpaste does not need soap and the glycerin you found in most toothpastes is usually low grade.
  • Saccharin and other artificial sweeteners
    • These are linked to all sorts of health issues including diabetes, obesity, cancer, and even the death of brain cells.
  • Triclosan
    • A pesticide? Its use brings up concerns about antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption leading to a variety of health problems.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
    • SLS can interfere with your taste buds by breaking up the phospholipids on your tongue. It is also registered as an insecticide and might have toxic effects on marine life.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
    • This is not for cleaning teeth just to whiten them but it can have a negative impact on gums and other oral tissue.
  • Fluoride has been linked to several health risks via multiple scientific studies.
  • Other Ingredients
    • Artificial colors, have been linked to neurological issues.
    • Abrasive ingredients can damage enamel, heighten sensitivity, and increase chances of gum recession and cavities.

So, what is the best way of cleaning teeth?

Cleaning your mouth as soon as possible after eating or drinking is very important particularly if you have consumed sugary foods or drinks because sugar quickly converts to acid that attacks your teeth

When brushing  teeth use a good toothbrush that assists to remove any and all plaque that is attached to your teeth. You don’t actually need toothpaste for that. Brushing technique is by far the most important thing. Try different twisting methods to allow the bristles to get between the teeth, or use a battery operate rotary brush (whatever works for you)

The basis function of toothpaste is to add things that make it easy to remove anything stuck to the teeth or caught or even any film of oil or other materials but a light saltwater solution might just do that for you. It is important to reach all surfaces of your teeth and make sure your gums, tongue and inside your cheeks feel clean

Flossing and regular dental check-ups are also important.

What you eat and drink is the other most crucial factor that affects tooth decay and overall oral health. You need to combine your strong dental regime with the right diet.

  • Make sure you get enough minerals and  vitamins.
  • Cut back on both natural and processed sugars. Obviously, this depends on your current diet. But less sugar and more healthy fat is a good rule for most of us to follow.