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According to the American Dental Association, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day promotes ideal oral health. When brushing your teeth, you should use a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Toothpaste improves your toothbrush’s ability to remove food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, as well as providing 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 the product has been researched and tested by the ADA for safety and effectiveness.

Abrasive toothpaste is the most commonly used type of toothpaste. Its mildly abrasive additives 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 the choice for you 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 is not strong enough to remove moderate and deep stains on teeth.

If you need help selecting the right brand of toothpaste, please call Phillips Ranch - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 909-860-0321 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment.