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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss your teeth twice per day as part of an effective oral hygiene routine. Adding toothpaste to a soft-bristled toothbrush can improve its ability to remove residual food particles and plaque from the surfaces and contours of teeth. There are other additives and special ingredients incorporated into some brands of toothpaste to address specific needs.

When shopping for a new brand of toothpaste, you should only consider buying a brand of toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The seal represents that the product has been tested and researched for safety and effectiveness.

Toothpaste with added fluoride can help address a number of potential issues. Fluoride helps fortify tooth enamel to prevent tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.

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.

There are some brands of toothpaste that have been formulated to mitigate tooth sensitivity. While these might provide short-term relief from symptoms, you will still need to have the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity diagnosed and treated.

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

If you need help shopping for a new brand of toothpaste in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, you can always call your dentist, Dr. Corey Johnson, at 970-945-9119 to seek further advice. Your Corey I. Johnson D.D.S., P.C. team is happy to help!