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Brushing Up on Toothpaste

Brushing up on toothpaste
By: Wes Wallace

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - With the recent news of tainted toothpaste from China capturing national and local headlines, it's time to take a closer look at what you use to brush your teeth.

"Not all toothpastes are the same,"  said Dr. John Sauer, a Cape Girardeau dentist. "However, as long as you're using them at least twice a day, it's ok and doesn't really matter what you use."

Sauer recommends using one that contains peroxide and baking soda, because you can cover more surface, due to the product shrinking the gyms.

Some other toothpaste tips from Sauer:

*Check for the ADA Seal of Approval (although some patent pending products may not have this yet).

*Look at where it's manufactured, make sure it's from the USA.

*If it says made in South Africa or has Chinese letters, don't use it.

The FDA warns those types of markings are the ones that contained the potentially dangerous substance.

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