How to Use Soap Instead of Toothpaste

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If you’re using soap instead of toothpaste to brush your teeth, you want to keep a few important things in mind. Here are some tips from a dentist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Cindy Roark, chief clinical director of Coast Dental. I'm going to talk about why some people want to use soap instead of toothpaste and the reasons I recommend using products the way they are meant to be used. You know the old saying, I'm going to wash your mouth out with soap, well you really shouldn't. For one thing many soaps use chemicals, additives or fragrances which aren't meant to be in your mouth. Toothpaste is designed to be safe as well as effective for cleaning teeth. It not only removes plaque, it also helps polish the teeth and remove light stains. Another important factor, you should brush your teeth for two minutes, spending about 30 seconds in each section of the mouth. If soap doesn't taste good, you are less likely to brush for the recommended amount of time. If you are thinking of using soap instead of toothpaste because of cost consider this, the price of toothpaste is not that much different than the cost of soap. However, the cost of having to fill cavities and treat periodontal disease because you didn't use the right tools to brush your teeth could be substantial. Thank you for watching, I'm Dr. Cindy Roark with Coast Dental.

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