What Manufacturers are adding to Toothpaste.

This is hardly new, fluoride has been added to some toothpastes for many decades. It is often added to drinking water too. It lowers decay issues in teeth, though there is some controversy.
Swallowing large amount of fluoride can be harmful, but large amounts of many essential nutrients are also harmful if swallowed. Fluoride is present in many foods. As toothpaste and mouthwash only contain small amounts of fluoride and should not be swallowed this is not a major issue.

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This is thought to be an antibacterial agent, useful in reducing gingivitis. Use of Tirclosan is slightly controversial; it is not been proven effective. It might react with chlorine in a way that is harmful.
Zinc Chloride
This is also an antibacterial agent that reduces gingivitis.

This is an alternative sweetener derived from plant bark. Unlike sugar it discourages bacteria growth. It seems to reduce dental decay, though the evidence is still new and controversial. But most experts agree that it at least doesn’t make matter worse.
Xylitol is sweet, and may encourage children to brush their teeth.

These are known to reduce dental decay. Do not be surprised if they soon find their way into toothpaste.

This raw ingredient for chocolate is very healthy, providing that it is not combined with sugar. It will reduce bacteria and dental decay, but the only toothpastes that use cocoa (or cacoa, the raw form of the bean) have been prohibitively expensive. As cocoa is a stimulant it is not ideal for using before sleep.

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Mouth Breathing






Our bodies naturally breathe through the nose. While it is quite possible to breathe through our mouths it is not optimal, and mouth breathing has been linked to many health problems, both major and minor. Mouth breathing in children can compromise proper development.

Mouth breathing may occur because an individual cannot breathe well through their nose. This might be because of enlarged tonsils, nasal polyps, any of several disruptions to the airways, or because of a chronic allergy.

Children who habitually mouth breathe can compromise their lower jaw and dental development; they hold their tongue in the wrong place and keep their jaw open, leading them to form longer faces and misaligned teeth. Mouth breathing causes some facial muscles to develop at the expense of others.


Nasal breathing nose is necessary for the production of Nitric oxide, something required for appropriate childhood growth, oxygen levels, blood pressure, cognitive functioning and general wellbeing. Mouth breathers will compromise all these areas of their life.


Significantly for teeth, breathing through the mouth causes the teeth to dry out. This lack of saliva, as well as being uncomfortable, significantly increases problems with decay.


Even if the cause of the mouth breathing is treated individuals may find they continue their habit of breathing through their mouth. Retraining may be required.


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It is best to address breathing problems while an individual is still young, lest the breathing issues affect their development. If you notice a dry mouth, night-time snoring or simply become aware of mouth breathing, then talk to your Shine Newington dentist about any concerns.

We look after many surrounding areas, including Ermington dental patients and Dental Wentworth point clients.