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Brushing your teeth is the first step of an effective oral hygiene routine. The American Dental Association strongly recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush followed by flossing. Do this helps remove food particles and plaque before it can harden into tartar.

There are a few things to look for, when you are shopping or toothpaste. The first criteria is to only consider a brand that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for safety and effectiveness.

An abrasive toothpaste helps remove food debris and minor surface stains. A toothpaste with a fluoride additive helps to strengthen enamel to prevent tooth decay.

You should consider a nonabrasive toothpaste if you have dentures, a partial or a dental apparatus like a custom mouth guard or snore guard. These items often require regular brushing to refresh them and could suffer minor damage or dulling if you used a toothpaste with abrasives.

People with sensitive teeth, might want to seek out toothpaste containing potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. If you have minor inflammation issues in your gum tissue, you might want to seek out toothpaste containing stannous fluoride.

Whitening toothpastes are popular with people that have minor surface stains. If your teeth are deeply stained you should talk to your dentist about your tooth whitening options.

If you have questions about finding the right brand of toothpaste, please call us at 708.469.6006 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment. We look forward to seeing you!