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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day. Along with flossing at least once each, it forms the foundation of an effective and consistent daily oral hygiene routine.

Applying a small amount of toothpaste to your soft-bristled toothbrush helps make it more effective for cleaning the faces of your teeth. At the same time, toothpaste can also include special additives to help address other dental care needs.  

It’s important to note that not all types of toothpaste meet up to the manufacturer’s marketing claims. Some only have cosmetic value or lack sufficient active ingredients to meet the American Dental Association’s high standards for safe and effective use in an oral hygiene routine.

You should look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance before using a new type of toothpaste. The ADA logo can only be printed on oral hygiene products that meet their high standards. If you’re unsure of a particular brand the ADA also maintains an index of their approved products on their website.

The most common type of toothpaste includes mild abrasives and added fluoride. The abrasive component helps your toothbrush clean away plaque and food material from the faces, and contours of your teeth. The fluoride additive is also beneficial for maintaining the mineral strength of your tooth enamel.  

If you live in the Durham, North Carolina, area and you need help finding the right toothpaste for you and your family, you can always call 919-489-9171 to speak with Dr. Macon Sapp or the staff at Durham Dentistry.