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Friday, December 14, 2018
Know Your Teeth Academy of General Dentistry Know Your Teeth


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Tell Dentist if You Take Herbal Supplements

Chapter: Canker Sore? Try Teabags

Dr. Shapira recommends some natural remedies for oral health:
Fluoride This naturally occurring mineral has been proven to protect teeth from decay. Many municipal water supplies contain fluoride. Other sources are fluoride toothpaste, mouthwash and topical rinses and pastes applied in the dental office.


Alcohol-free mouthwash Some common mouthwashes contain alcohol to cover up the smell of plaque. But alcohol dries out the mouth, which can cause discomfort and create an environment for more plaque to thrive.


Tea A folk remedy that works, wet tea bags can provide relief from canker sores, swollen gums and toothache.


Zinc This mineral is widely available in lozenges that can relieve the pain of a sore throat. But Dr. Shapira urges patients to use zinc sparingly. As with any herb, vitamin or mineral, patients need to follow directions and inform their dentist of its use.

Reviewed: January 2012