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According to the American Dental Association, a truly effective daily oral hygiene routine starts by brushing and flossing your teeth twice each day. When brushing your teeth, you should use a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Toothpaste not only improves the brush’s ability to remove food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, it can also carry other benefits. When shopping for toothpaste there are a few things worth keeping an eye out for.

You should always look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance before purchasing a particular brand of toothpaste. The seal represents that it has been researched and tested by the ADA for safety and effectiveness.

Abrasive toothpaste, is the most commonly used type of toothpaste. It has mild abrasive additives that make it more effective at removing food particles and plaque from the surface of the teeth. A brand with added fluoride also helps to strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.

Nonabrasive toothpaste might be called for if you wear dentures, have a partial or you need to maintain a custom mouth guard, night guard or snore guard. There are also nonabrasive toothpastes that are formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth. Toothpaste with fluoride added is an extra bonus as it also helps to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Many people mitigate minor surface stains by using a whitening toothpaste. However, the concentration of hydrogen peroxide will not strong enough to remove moderate and deep stains on teeth.

If you need help selecting the right brand of toothpaste, please call Cory Williams, DDS at 910-763-1072 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment.