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The American Dental Association defines a daily oral hygiene routine as brushing and flossing your teeth twice each day. Applying toothpaste to your toothbrush helps improve its effectiveness at removing food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Many brands of toothpaste also come with special additives that can address other issues.

Your dentist, Dr. John Cloud, offers these suggestions when shopping for toothpaste.

When shopping for a new brand of toothpaste, you should only consider buying a brand of toothpaste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This represents that the toothpaste has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness in an oral hygiene routine.

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

Nonabrasive toothpaste, such as denture polish, is called for to clean other dental work and oral appliances. 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. Toothpaste with fluoride added is an extra bonus as it also helps strengthen your tooth enamel.

Using whitening toothpaste is a popular way for people to maintain their white smile between dental cleanings. Most pastes 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 Little Rock, Arkansas, you can always call Cloud Family Dentistry at 501-868-3800 to seek professional advice.