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An effective oral hygiene routine starts with brushing your teeth to remove food particles and plaque from the faces and bite surfaces of your teeth. There are several different toothpaste brands to consider. Certain ingredients might have potential benefits, depending on your specific oral hygiene needs.

Before considering a particular brand, you should look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal represents that it has been tested and researched for safety and effectiveness.

A toothpaste with mild abrasives will help to remove food debris and polish minor surface stains. A fluoride additive also helps strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.

If you have dentures, a partial or a dental apparatus like a custom mouth guard or snore guard, you might want to also keep a nonabrasive toothpaste on hand.

If you have sensitive teeth, you might want to select a toothpaste that includes potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. If you have inflamed gums, you might want to seek out a brand with a stannous fluoride additive.

Whitening toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide is popular with people that have minor surface stains. However, the concentration of whitening agents is not strong enough to remove moderate and deep stains on teeth.

If you need help selecting the right brand of toothpaste, please call us at 859-626-9339 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment. We look forward to seeing you!