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The American Dental Association encourages you to brush and floss your teeth twice each day. Adding toothpaste to your soft-bristled toothbrush can improve its effectiveness at removing plaque and food particles from the faces of your teeth.

Certain brands and formulas of toothpaste can confer different benefits. Our staff at Dentist 4 Life - Mark DeVuyst DDS, PC offers a few things to consider when shopping for the toothpaste you and your family will use.  

First of all, you should only consider a brand of toothpaste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the toothpaste has been researched and tested by the ADA for safety and effectiveness.

The most common type of toothpaste has mild abrasive additives which help to scour plaque and residual food particles from the faces of your teeth. Toothpaste with added fluoride can also help strengthen tooth enamel to prevent cavities.

Nonabrasive toothpastes and denture polish are called for to clean other dental work and mouthpieces like dentures or a partial. Nonabrasive toothpaste is also handy for maintaining a mouth guard, night guard or snore guard. Some types of 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. Just keep in mind that whitening toothpaste is not strong enough to brighten moderate to deeply stained teeth

If you need help selecting the right brand of toothpaste, for your family, you can always call our Dentist 4 Life - Mark DeVuyst DDS, PC’s office in Clinton Township, Michigan at 586-416-1625 to seek further advice.