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According to the American Dental Association, a truly effective daily oral hygiene routine starts by brushing twice and flossing once 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 to watch 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 may be a good choice if you wear dentures, have a partial, or you need to maintain a mouth guard, night guard, or snore guard. There are also nonabrasive toothpastes that are made to help lessen symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth. Toothpaste with fluoride added is an extra bonus as it also helps to strengthen your tooth enamel.

If you need help choosing the right brand of toothpaste, please contact Star Dental at 916.773.6222 or ask us at your next dental appointment.