PHILADELPHIA, PA, October 22, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/
-- From apparel to food products, many Americans are starting to realize that all things natural, organic and eco-friendly are more than just hot trends, they are also practical. A recent article from The Huffington Post highlights a few ways that these types of products can help consumers avoid bad breath and prevent tooth decay. As a respected Georgia-based dentist, Dr. Gordon T. Austin
comments on these recommendations and provides greater insight on how Americans can maintain proper oral health.
According to the article, there are many ways that people can naturally stave off halitosis and tooth decay. For instance, instead of turning to chemically-loaded mouthwash products or mysterious herbs to keep the mouth free of bad odors, the article recommends that eco-friendly consumers turn to chemical-free products. It states, "Many mouthwashes contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is used in many hygiene products such as soaps and detergents to help them foam. As if that [is not] enough reason to avoid toothpastes and mouthwashes that have SLS in them, studies have also shown that this substance may irritate the mouth."
Dr. Gordon T. Austin responds, "With the recent investigation into the effectiveness--and potential dangers--of fluoridated water, it is understandable that consumers are looking for products that are chemical-free. However, a lot of 'natural' or 'organic' products are not regulated and can fly under the radar in terms of effectiveness." I recommend that patients ask their dentist for recommendations or professional opinions on selected products before relying on them."
The article notes that the rising interest in products that naturally prevent tooth decay, such as enzyme-modified milk and coconut oil, could help the increase in poor oral health among American children. In the article, Damien Brady, M.D. reveals, "[Tooth decay] is a commonly overlooked health problem affecting 60 [to] 90 percent of children and the majority of adults in industrialized countries."
In response, Dr. Gordon T. Austin concludes, "I think it is great that the attention on natural products is causing individuals to refocus their oral health needs. However, it should also be noted that patients cannot rely on natural products alone to maintain proper dental health. All patients, with or without dental problems, should always schedule regular checkups and cleanings with their dentist to ensure their mouths are protected."
Dr. Gordon T. Austin
is trusted dentist who has served patients in the community of Carrollton, Georgia for 25 years. Austin is an Honorable Fellow of the Georgia Dental Association and a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists. He is also a proud U.S. Navy veteran who served his country for nearly 40 years. Dr. Gordon T. Austin devotes much of his time and attention to raising awareness and support for issues related to U.S. troops and veterans.---
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