Brushing Teeth With Epsom Salts

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Thinking of brushing your teeth with Epsom Salts? Here is some information you should consider in this free video clip from a dentist.

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Hello, I’m Dr. Cindy Roark, chief clinical director of Coast Dental. Somebody recently asked me if you could brush your teeth with Epsom salts. Honestly, in all my years as a dentist, I’ve never actually seen anyone do this. So, I did a little digging, and here’s what I found out: Epsom salts, which are called magnesium sulfate, look like coarse table salt. While some people have apparently tried to dissolve them in a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and use the solution to brush their teeth, I don’t recommend it. For one thing, some people claim the solution caused them to have an upset stomach. For another, if the crystals are not dissolved properly, they can hurt your gums and be too abrasive for your teeth, causing far more damage than good. The best way to remove food particles and cavity-causing bacteria is to brush your teeth using a power toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste that have been designed specifically to improve your oral health. The proper brushing technique is also important. First, moisten the bristles and apply a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Then, brush for a full two minutes, 30 seconds in each section of the mouth. And, don’t forget to floss at least once a day. Thank you for watching. I’m Dr. Cindy Roark with Coast Dental.

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