Should we be using antibacterial toothpastes?

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Should we be using antibacterial toothpastes?

During recent years, questions have been raised about the use of antibacterial mouthwashes, due to a risk of killing off healthy bacteria from the tongue. Although antibacterial toothpastes don’t have as much contact with the tongue, there are differing opinions as to whether they are good for our overall health.

When “good” bacteria are killed, the bad bacteria run rampant – causing inflammation throughout the body. This increases risk for heart disease and other serious health problems.

– Find out whether your mouthwash contains triclosan and check with your dentist if you are unsure whether to be using it.

– Regularly brush your teeth, floss and visit your dentist for check ups.

– Eat a balanced diet with plenty of leafy green veggies and beets, which contain nitric oxides.

Good bacteria on our tongue convert nitrates into nitrites – which is good for your health

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Dr. Biju Philip

Dr. Philip (GMC No: 6072826) is a medical doctor with more than 20 years experience, of which 13 years has been in the field of Anaesthetics and Critical Care. He has also undergone extensive training in Dental Sedation and Facial Aesthetics, including Botox and dermal filler treatments, which he now practices in our dental surgery in Exning. He also works as an Anaesthetist at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds.