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Old 12-31-2015, 08:32 PM   #41
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Not long before I retired I went to a lecture at out hospital given by a pediatric dentist. It was there I learned that topical fluoride is the ticket to preventing cavities. Also, no carbs within 30 minutes of going to bed.

He also recommended not completely rinsing out the toothpaste when brushing before bedtime, for the beneficial effect of the fluoride in the toothpaste.

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Old 01-01-2016, 08:39 AM   #42
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I had the fluoride treatment as a teen. Horseshoe bit on upper teeth for 10 minutes or so. Then same for lower teeth. Horrible taste dripping down throat. Still got a fair amount of cavities after that, at least 10 since then, mostly small, and have 2 crowns already (due to parts of tooth cracking off). I brush every couple of days with plain old tap water, no tooth paste. Dentists says whatever I am doing, keep doing it since it's working. (No cavities for a few years)

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Dr Bronner's soap and Tom's Toothpaste among other options. I've used Dr B's for many years, and frankly don't worry about SLS in our Crest ProHealth toothpaste as it's way down the ingredient list and we spit and rinse with water and mouthwash - so the amount we might ingest seems trivial. There are other exposures I'd worry about long before SLS in toothpaste or dish soap, but to each his/her own. I am sure I have some biases others would find silly.

There are several governing/reporting agencies, I am most familiar with IARC. If you look at the full lists of carcinogens, you may be horrified. "Probably" and "possibly" often just mean no one can prove anything either way. In my career I dealt with a chemical that was on the possible list even though there were dozens of studies going back 50 years of all types that confirmed the chemical was not a carcinogen. A few halfway credible studies that bring the chemical into question cancels out many more that seem to prove otherwise. It doesn't take much to wind up stuck in the middle/gray area.
  • Group 1 Carcinogenic to humans 118 agents
  • Group 2A Probably carcinogenic to humans 75
  • Group 2B Possibly carcinogenic to humans 288
  • Group 3 Not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans 503
  • Group 4 Probably not carcinogenic to humans 1

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Old 01-06-2016, 09:16 AM   #44
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I recently "rediscovered" Pepsodent toothpaste which is, as you might expect, a dollar, at Dollar Tree. I love the taste, though seems to me they may have stepped on it to get it to a sawbuck.

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