Brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the foundational pillars of an effective good oral hygiene routine. As a result, the American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth twice a day, followed by a thorough flossing session. Using toothpaste, greatly improves the effectiveness of the act of brushing. When shopping for a particular brand of toothpaste there are a few things to consider.
First and foremost, you should only consider a brand of toothpaste that has earned the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal represents that it has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.
A toothpaste with mild abrasives does a good job of helping to remove food debris and polish minor surface stains. A particular brand with added fluoride will help strengthen enamel and help to prevent tooth decay.
If you wear dentures or a partial or you have a custom mouth guard, night guard or snore guard, you will need to keep a nonabrasive toothpaste on hand. Abrasive toothpaste can often scuff or dull these mouthpieces.
If you have sensitivity issues you might want to select a toothpaste that includes potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. If you are in the process of remediating gum disease and you have inflamed gums, you might want to look for a brand with stannous fluoride added.
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 us at 941-926-4888 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment. We look forward to seeing you!