PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some toothpaste makers are marketing an, “enamel strengthening,” toothpaste. Is it better for your teeth than the toothpaste you are currently using? Also, what is the best way to take care of your teeth? The answers to these questions may surprise you.

Dr. Josh Bresler is a Philadelphia area dentist and a Clinical Professor at Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry:

“All toothpastes are enamel saving. It’s the fluoride in the toothpaste that actually helps to protect the enamel in the teeth.”

What is the best way to take care of your teeth?

“Everybody hears it all the time from their dentists but flossing is so important. There are people who come in that brush four or five times a day but still get cavities because they are not flossing. If you get one thorough brushing every 24 hours that is really all you need to do as far as brushing but trying to get in there and floss in between the teeth, especially before bedtime, is so important.”

Bresler also says you shouldn’t brush your teeth right away after drinking soda or juice because it will damage the enamel.  He recommends that you drink water and wait a bit first.

Reported by: Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio.

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