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An effective and consistent oral hygiene routine is absolutely essential for maintaining good oral health. To that end, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice per day and floss between teeth and along the gumline after you’re done eating for the day. Adding toothpaste to your toothbrush improves its ability to clean stray food particles and plaque from the faces of your teeth.

The most common type of toothpaste includes mild abrasives to help scour the minute textures of tooth enamel. A brand that includes fluoride is also helpful as fluoride bolsters the mineral density of your teeth to help prevent cavities.

At the same time, there are some brands of toothpaste that are specially formulated with additive ingredients to meet specific needs. If you’re shopping for a new toothpaste or if you need one to address a special dental need, your dentist, Dr. Thomas Bell, offers the following insights.

Before selecting a toothpaste, you should look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal represents that the ADA has researched and tested the active ingredients. If the paste meets the rigorous standards, the toothpaste is recognized for safety and effectiveness in a daily oral hygiene routine.

Whitening toothpastes are formulated with a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide. This can help remove surface stains before they have a chance to set into the tooth enamel. Just keep in mind that these mild concentrations of hydrogen peroxide will not be strong enough to remove moderate and deep stains on teeth.

There are some brands of toothpaste that have been formulated to mitigate the sensations of tooth sensitivity. While these might provide short-term relief from symptoms, you will still need to have the underlying cause of the tooth sensitivity diagnosed and treated.

Nonabrasive toothpaste or denture polish might be called for if you have dentures. You might also want to keep nonabrasive toothpaste on hand if you need to maintain a custom mouthguard, night guard or snore guard. Some types of nonabrasive toothpaste are also formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth.

If you need further advice for selecting a new toothpaste in La Grange, Illinois, you can always call 708.469.6006.