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The American Dental Association encourages you to brush and floss your teeth twice each day. Adding 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.

Dr. Vera Matshkalyan offers these suggestions for things to keep an eye out for when shopping for toothpaste.

When walking through the oral hygiene aisle you should only consider 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 to 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 cavities.

Nonabrasive toothpaste such as denture polish are called for to clean other dental work and oral appliances like dentures, or a partial. You might want to consider keeping nonabrasive toothpaste on hand if you need to maintain a mouth guard, night guard or snore guard.

There are some 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 to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Whitening toothpaste are 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 for you and your family, you can always call Dr. Vera Matshkalyan’s office in Kingston, New Hampshire at 603-347-1327 to seek further advice.