Is There a Healthy Smile Beneath Your Mask?

Even if you still mask up now and then, it is always a good idea to take care of your oral health. A recent KTVK-TV News Healthwatch segment asked viewers, “When was the last time you looked at the (toothpaste) ingredients you’re putting into your mouth?” 

The station invited Dr. Flora Stay to share her toothpaste ingredient advice with its viewers.: “It’s all about the ingredients. Certain ingredients are fluff and just for marketing purposes. Other ingredients are needed to help you have a healthy mouth.” 

Some ingredients that appear on Dr. Stay’s caution list include alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), gluten, formaldehyde, and essential oils and mint. 

Wait… mint? Isn’t that found in about 98 percent of all toothpastes? “Dermatologists list mint as one of the top allergens,” Dr. Stay told viewers. That may be the reason why some people get unexplained rashes around their mouths! 

She also educated viewers on what should be on toothpaste ingredient lists: “Xylitol is a wonderful replacement for fluoride. Baking soda is excellent because it helps neutralize acids in the mouth, and acids are what attack the teeth.” 

All Cleure toothpastes are SLS-free, fluoride-free and gluten-free, and are gentle enough for sensitive teeth. They help fight tooth decay with xylitol and baking soda to promote a healthy mouth and fresh breath.” 

Everyone is different, so always consult your dentist about your specific oral health needs.


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