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Ask the Holistic Dentist

If you don’t know, the Dr. Brite team has been holding an Instagram Live video series every Tuesday at 12:30 PM (PST). Our broadcasts about natural living are called #TuesdayTips and this week veteran dentist and Dr. Brite co-founder, Pooneh Ramezani DDS, chatted about holistic wellness and answered general questions about natural oral care. Dr. Ramezani also answered specific questions about our Dr. Brite oral care products, and she provided some useful #tips for best results.

But don’t worry if you missed out this week! We always share a replay of our #TuesdayTips video on Instagram, which will appear for 24 hours. And in the event of missing the replay, Dr. Brite will sum up the five main points covered during our broadcast in Be Natural blog posts.

In this post, we’ll recap:

  1. Why is fluoride not necessary in toothpaste & mouthwash?
  2. What variations in natural products are normal & how do you determine their effectiveness?
  3. Which Dr. Brite Teeth Whitening Pen should I choose?
  4. What are the best natural tips for cleaning your tongue?
  5. Dr. Brite’s mission to empower women entrepreneurs.

So, let’s get started!

1. Why Fluoride Isn’t Necessary in Toothpaste & Mouthwash

We have been traditionally taught that having fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash formulas is the best way to prevent cavities formed by plaque buildup. But new studies have seem to indicate otherwise. Here’s what Pooneh Ramezani, DDS and co-founder of Dr. Brite said during our live Instagram video:

“Fluoride is a neurotoxin, so we don’t recommend you or anybody ingesting it. And over time, it’s kind of like lead and it stays in the body.

Fluoride is not a necessity. Actually, mechanically removing the plaque off your teeth is a criteria for not developing cavities. Also, use a toothpaste that doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners or anything like that because artificial sweeteners actually do cause cavities.

So, avoid artificial sweeteners, use a fluoride-free paste, and brush for two minutes. That is the key. Brush for two minutes [to effectively prevent cavities]."

To read more about the controversy surrounding fluoride, check out our dedicated blog post on the subject. If you’re still not convinced and would like more research, feel free to email to get the hard facts.

2. Variations in Natural Products & How to Determine Their Effectiveness

We were recently asked about why our small-batch produced toothpaste can seem thinner in consistency compared to a previous purchase. This variation is quite typical for Dr. Brite products and natural products in general, especially if companies are committed to creating less waste. Dr. Ramezani gives a further insight to this variation and what to keep in mind:

“We don’t use any type of chemical preservative and we mix in very small batches. No batch [we make] is 100% the same. You will get differences in consistencies, color, and also taste. And it’s absolutely normal, unless it’s out of the norm, which is completely runny toothpaste or completely dry toothpaste...It’s absolutely normal for a batch to be runnier than another.”

So, slight changes in Dr. Brite products means that they are still effective. If you happen to see a drastic and noticeable difference in our products, please email us immediately so that we can help you achieve a healthier mouth.

3. Which Dr. Brite Teeth Whitening Pen Should I Choose?

Now, we have two types of teeth whitening pens and we are often asked about the difference between the two. Our Teeth Whitening Pen contains food-grade hydrogen peroxide that whitens the surface layer of teeth quickly. Our Peroxide-free Teeth Whitening Pen, on the other hand, provides a deeper stain-lifting action and is better if you have sensitive teeth or if you prefer to not use hydrogen peroxide. Here’s how Dr. Ramezani explains the difference between the two pens:

“So, the Peroxide-Free [Teeth Whitening Pen], which doesn’t have any [food-grade hydrogen] peroxide in it, is a detergent-based [and] very mild whitening pen. Now, what does it do? It’s actually a stain-lifter, so what it does is it lifts stains off your teeth so that the teeth appear to be whiter. And when the teeth appear to be whiter, they look nicer and healthier.

So, anybody that is concerned with even food grade [hydrogen] peroxide, should use the Peroxide-free [Teeth Whitening Pen]. Now, if you’re not allergic or concerned with food-grade [hydrogen] peroxide, [the Teeth Whitening Pen] is the best whitening agent.

If you want to get the ultimate whitening experience, you need to actually kind of use [both pens] together. You want to lift stains first, before you whiten your teeth.

Let’s say you have wine splashed on your white t-shirt and you have a stain there. If you don’t use a detergent to lift the stain, you will have a yellow residue even if you bleach it. Now, if you lift the stains up first and then bleach it, then you’ll have a nice, white t-shirt. So, that’s just like your own teeth.”

Dr. Ramezani recommends alternating the use of both types of teeth whitening pens throughout the day. But of course this is going to be dependent on whether you have sensitive teeth, allergies to hydrogen peroxide or if you prefer to not use hydrogen peroxide all together.

If you can, Dr. Ramezani advises to use the Peroxide-free Teeth Whitening Pen first in the morning, then use the Teeth Whitening Pen midday after lunch, and then before you go to bed you can use the Peroxide-free Teeth Whitening Pen again.

4. Tips on Cleaning Your Tongue

Beyond brushing, flossing and using mouthwash, cleaning your tongue is a great step to incorporate into your dental care routine. Our team recently received a question on the the best way to clean the tongue if they happen to use an electric toothbrush.

“You have to remove plaque or bacteria off your tongue as well. It’s very important to actually brush your tongue. Normally, electric toothbrushes have a mode for brushing your tongue so that it vibrates and it’s not as powerful. But if you kind of don’t like it, and if you think that it’s too powerful then get a mechanical toothbrush.

Our toothpaste is excellent [to clean your tongue]. Put the toothpaste on the brush, stick your tongue out, and rub the toothbrush on your tongue so you remove the whole white plaque that’s on your tongue. So, definitely you need to do it at least once a day. It really will help you.

Right after you [brush your tongue] you just rinse with our mouthwash and it goes right on your clean tongue. All of those [holistic] ingredients will make your tongue nice and healthy.

5. Dr. Brite’s Mission to Empower Women Entrepreneurs

If you’re new to Dr. Brite, we happen to be a certified Women Owned business recognized by the Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Both of Dr. Brite’s founders are a sister-doctor duo that own and operate our small business everyday.

So, we understand the challenges that come along with running a small business as a woman and we’re here to support our fellow women entrepreneurs.

“I am very passionate about women and women entrepreneurship because of the fact I know that as women and as moms, we have so many other things and other responsibilities in life. It’s very challenging to, kind of, balance life sometimes. And it’s hard. I mean, sometimes you really want to cry, sometimes you don’t have support or sometimes you feel like you’re the only one that’s doing everything.

I have been an entrepreneur as a dentist; I opened my first dental office when I was 25 years old, I graduated dental school when I was 24, so I’ve gone through that path. Now, I’m a mom of two [and] now, I do everything else, including Dr. Brite which is a start-up company and it takes a lot of my time.

...I think that women helping women is a very powerful thing that we can do anything together and I’m here for you. If you want to hear my story, I will sit down with you and talk to you about it all. If you have a story to share, I would love to know."

If you’d like to personally email Dr. Ramezani and share you story as a woman entrepreneur, you can email her:

Now, if you tuned in to our Instagram Live video, we would like to thank you and we honestly appreciate your support. If you missed us this time, make sure you set a reminder to watch our live videos on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM PST on our Instagram account (@dr_brite). We hope to see you there next week!