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What's the Best Way to Take Care of Your Teeth?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Clean your teeth easily and safely with a soft bristle electric brush and consider using a water flosser to remove more plaque
  • Allow your toothbrush to dry in the upright position to avoid bacterial growth. Wait at least 30 minutes after a meal to brush and be careful not to brush too hard
  • Steer clear of fluoride toothpaste or treatment options at the dentist. Fluoride is a toxin that accumulates in tissue over time, producing serious neurological damage and endocrine dysfunction
  • Pull with coconut oil each day to help reduce Streptococcus mutans bacteria and protect against oral yeast infections

Not only do your teeth fill out your face and enable you to eat, they also help maintain the bone structure of your jaw. Your teeth are made of four types of tissue, but only the center, or pulp, is not hard. Inside the pulp are blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that provide nutrients to the tooth.

The outside of the tooth is called the enamel, which has no way to reverse damage from wear and tear (decay) since it contains no living cells. Your gums are responsible for protecting your roots as well as teeth that have not yet come in. Consistent brushing helps reduce the risk of getting cavities, which permanently damage tooth enamel.

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