The best tooth­paste

First For Women - - Health -

A paste that foams up as you brush seems like it’s get­ting the job done, but Swedish sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered that the chem­i­cal that cre­ates the foam­ing ac­tion (sodium lau­ryl sul­fate, or SLS), can ir­ri­tate oral tis­sues and in­crease the risk of canker sores. “This can worsen odor since it cre­ates an oral en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows bad bac­te­ria to mul­ti­ply,” says Ed­ward Al­varez, D.D.S., a cos­metic den­tist in New York City. His ad­vice: Switch to an SLS-free tooth­paste with cin­na­mon bark oil. In ad­di­tion to fresh­en­ing breath in­stantly, the oil is proven to kill oral bac­te­ria and erad­i­cate biofilms (sticky plaque formed by bac­te­ria that trig­gers dam­ag­ing in­flam­ma­tion and in­ten­si­fies odor). One to try: Auromère Foam-Free Herbal Tooth­paste, avail­able at drug­stores and Ama­zon.com.

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