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The American Dental Association strongly advises brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing once each day. Applying toothpaste to your soft-bristled toothbrush helps improve its effectiveness in removing food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. At the same time, many brands of toothpaste also come with special additives to specifically address other oral health issues.

To that end, your dentist, Dr. Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC, offers these simple insights to keep in mind when shopping for a new brand of toothpaste.

Most importantly, you should only consider purchasing a brand of toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This signifies that the toothpaste has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness in an oral hygiene routine.

Toothpaste with mild abrasive additives helps remove plaque and residual food particles from the faces of your teeth. A brand with added fluoride can also help strengthen tooth enamel to prevent tooth decay and enamel erosion.

Nonabrasive toothpastes, such as denture polish, are called for to clean other dental work and oral appliances like dentures. You might want to consider keeping nonabrasive toothpaste on hand if you need to maintain a mouthguard, night guard or snore guard. There are some brands of nonabrasive toothpaste that are formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth.

Using whitening toothpastes is a popular way for people to maintain their white smile between dental cleanings. Most are formulated with a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide. It’s important to note that the concentration of whitening agents will not be strong enough to improve moderate or deep stains on teeth.

If you need help selecting the right brand of toothpaste in Tucson, Arizona you can always call our office at 520-298-5556 and talk to your dentist, Dr. Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC,.