Different toothpastes contain different ingredients, and it's possible that one of the ingredients in your toothpaste could irritate your skin. One study found that toothpastes containing propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) were more likely to irritate the skin than other toothpastes tested. If you find that your skin is irritated after brushing, try changing toothpastes. If the problem doesn't go away, see your dentist.
Bruce S. Smith, DDS
Specialty: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
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How can chewing gum help prevent tooth decay?
Mark Birnbach, Dentistry, answeredGum increases the salivary output, which helps to remove the food particles that can contribute to decay. That being said, sugar-free gum is the only type to be used, as sugar containing gums increase decay.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
Jerry Gordon, Dentistry, answeredI recommend two professional cleanings a year for most patients, and up to four per year for those who have gum disease.
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