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Adding toothpaste to your toothbrush makes it more effective at cleaning your teeth. While most people like to use abrasive toothpaste to help scour away plaque and food particles, there are also a few other things to consider when shopping for toothpaste.

First and foremost, you should only consider buying a brand of toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The seal represents the product has undergone significant research and testing. Meeting the rigorous guidelines established by the ADA ensures its safety and effectiveness.

A toothpaste with added fluoride is an exceptionally helpful bonus. Fluoride helps to fortify tooth enamel to prevent tooth decay and tooth sensitivity issues.

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

Whitening toothpastes are formulated with a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide. These toothpastes help reduce minor surface stains between dental cleanings. However, they will not be strong enough to remove moderate and deep stains on teeth.

If you have questions about the right type of toothpaste for you and your family, you can call TLN Family Dental at (713) 723-2600 to set up a consultation.