Antibacterial mouthwashes are not generally recommended, as they can harm good bacteria on the tongue, which us to utilise essential nitrates from food we eat. Antibacterial toothpastes have less contact with the tongue, so they are considered safe.

When healthy bacteria on the tongue are killed – the bad bacteria run rampant. This can trigger inflammation throughout the body, increasing risk of serious medical problems like heart disease.

– Brush your teeth and floss daily, using a non-antibacterial toothpaste.

– If you are currently using mouthwash containing triclosan, check with your dentist as to its suitability.

– Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of green leafy veggies and beets, which contain nitric oxides.

Nitrates come from vegetables in our diets, such as beets and green leafy vegetables. Read the full story here:


Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.