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Hello, Larry Burnett

I've heard from my parents that brushing teeth with salt can be healthier than using toothbrush ( and more effective at getting rid of teeth stains ).

What's your perspective on this?

Also, can I use any type of salt? ( e.g. table salt ). What salt would be the most appropriate to use to brush my teeth?

Thank you

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Sorry for the Delay Jake,

You parents were correct, but specifically the salt should be baking soda, not table salt.

However the most important part of decay prevention is twice a day application of fluoride found in commercial tooth pastes.

In order to get the best of both toothpaste and baking soda, I suggest that for one of your two daily brushings you simply dip the toothbrush with the toothpaste on it, into the box of baking soda.  This picks up the correct amount of baking soda.  Brushing with this mixture gives you the advantages of both the baking soda and the fluoride in the toothpaste.  This will be great for prevention of decay and gum disease.

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Larry Burnett DDS

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Larry Burnett DDS

Expertise

I can answer questions about prevention, elimination of, and non surgical treatment of periodontal diseases and early tooth decay. I can't answer questions concerning dental insurance payments.

Experience

Taught hygienists in a major dental hygiene school for about 20 years. Taught hands on courses concerning these categories to Dentists and Hygienists throughout the US and Canada including repeat lectures at the Annual Scientific Sessions of A.D.A. and A.G.D over several years. Personal hands on delivery of preventive hygiene services to disadvantaged children through a mobile school based prevention program.

Publications
RDH Magazine, Parkell, Dental India and some places of which I'm not aware.

Education/Credentials
Medical College of Virginia ( VCU) School of Dentistry.

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