Brushing your teeth twice a day is the first step in an effective oral hygiene routine. This helps to remove food particles and plaque from the faces and bite surfaces of your teeth.

When you are shopping for toothpaste, you should always look for a brand that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. Their seal means that it has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.

Most people like to use a toothpaste with mild abrasives. The abrasive additive helps remove food debris and minor surface stains. A toothpaste with a fluoride additive is also a good idea as fluoride helps to strengthen your enamel and help prevent tooth decay.

In certain situations, nonabrasive toothpaste is called for. If you have dentures, a partial or a dental apparatus like a custom mouth guard or snore guard, an abrasive toothpaste might dull, scuff or damage them.

If you or someone in your household has sensitive teeth, you might want to look for a toothpaste that includes potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. Toothpaste containing stannous fluoride helps if you have issues with minor inflammation in your gums.

Popular with many people is the use of whitening toothpastes to minimize minor surface stains. But if there are deep stains, your dentist would know which tooth whitening options are best for you.

Whitening toothpastes are popular with people that have minor surface stains. If your teeth are deeply stained, you should talk to your dentist about your tooth whitening options.

If you need help figuring out which is the right brand of toothpaste, please call us at 209-473-2521 or ask us at your next Donna Peterson DDS dental appointment. We look forward to seeing you!