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The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice each day. Along with flossing, this will remove the majority of plaque and food particles from your mouth to maintain good oral hygiene. Most American household use toothpaste that has been formulated with mild abrasives and trace amounts of added fluoride. This helps clean the faces and contours of your teeth while also maintaining the mineral density of your tooth enamel.

It’s worth noting that there are some toothpaste brands that are specially formulated to address other dental conditions and needs. Let’s take a look!

— Nonabrasive toothpaste such as denture polish is called for to clean dentures or a partial. Some nonabrasive kinds of toothpaste that are formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth. This type of toothpaste can also be helpful to keep on hand for refreshing a dental appliance or mouthpiece. This can be a very simple way of removing plaque from a snore guard, night guard or athletic mouth guard.

— Whitening toothpaste is formulated with a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide. These kinds of toothpaste help reduce minor surface stains between dental cleanings. However, they will not be strong enough to remove moderate and deep stains on teeth.

— Tooth sensitivity problems can also be addressed by a toothpaste formulated with potassium nitrate. While this might help alleviate discomfort it should not be used as a long-term treatment strategy.

Before purchasing a new toothpaste you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the toothpaste has been researched and tested to meet stringent guidelines for safe oral use. If you live in the Watkinsville, Georgia, area and you need help finding a new brand of toothpaste, you can always call 706-769-1659 to speak to Dr. DeAnn Harmon-Smith or a staff member at Oconee Dental, PC.