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Toothpaste is a very convenient addition to your daily oral hygiene routine. Applying it to your soft-bristled toothbrush makes it more efficient at removing food residue and bacterial plaque from the faces of your teeth. While most brands include mild abrasive additives, other types of toothpaste have been specially formulated to address other oral needs. A brand that includes fluoride is helpful as fluoride bolsters the mineral density of your teeth to help prevent cavities.

To help you find a new toothpaste for you and your family, Dr. Charles Peter offers the following tips to keep in mind.

Before considering any 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. So long as it meets the rigorous standards, the toothpaste is recognized for safety and effectiveness in a daily oral hygiene routine.

Whitening toothpastes typically use a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide to help remove surface stains. 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 sensitivity symptoms, you should still seek professional diagnosis and care.

You might also be interested in a nonabrasive toothpaste, such as denture polish, to clean a removable dental appliance, like dentures or a custom mouthguard, nightguard or snore guard. Some types of nonabrasive toothpaste are also formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth.

If you live in the Clearwater, Florida, area and you need further advice for selecting a new toothpaste, you can always call 727-785-7202 to seek advice from the staff at Charles A. Peter, DMD, PL.