Dentists are recommending tooth powder for treating tooth abscesses, after finding that the product can actually reduce the severity of the infection.
The Food and Drug Administration said that tooth powder can reduce the risk of infection by as much as 90%.
“It does reduce the infection rate, but that is not a significant difference,” said Dr. Richard DeBruin, an associate professor at New York University’s Langone Medical Center and a medical director of the NYU Global Dental Program.
“There are other factors that contribute to that, such as the presence of other dental bacteria that may cause more severe abscessing.”
Dr. David DeBricco, a medical doctor and a professor of preventive dentistry at the University of Washington, said the risk is lower when people are using the tooth powder to wash their teeth.
“In terms of infection, I don’t think there’s any difference between tooth powder and soap,” said DeBrios.
“The infection is not really as severe.”
Dr DeBrisons studies of dental abscess patients suggest that tooth-based treatments are the safest and most effective option.
“If I were to recommend that anyone should use tooth powder as a treatment for abscess, it would be to reduce the pain, not to treat the infection,” said deBrisos.
But he cautioned that using tooth powder with other treatments can have a different outcome.
“I think people should always be aware that it’s not the only way to go, but it does seem to be a safer option,” said dianemac.deBrio, who is also a dental hygienist, said he would recommend tooth-powder-based treatment to people who are not having a tooth absultion.
“The first thing I would tell people is to talk to your dentist,” he said.
“That way, if the doctor sees a sign of tooth absension or tooth absolution, they can do something to fix it.”
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