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Brushing your teeth is absolutely essential to maintaining the health of your mouth. The American Dental Association recommends that you brushing your teeth twice a days with a soft bristled toothbrush. This will help to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth before it can harden into tartar.

When shopping for toothpaste there are a few things to consider. First of all, you should only consider buying a brand that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance for safety and effectiveness.

Many toothpastes have mild abrasives to help remove food debris and polish minor surface stains. This is a general-purpose toothpaste that works for most people. A toothpaste with added fluoride is especially nice as fluoride helps to strengthen enamel to prevent tooth decay.

However, if you have dentures, a custom mouth guard or snore guard or other dental apparatus that requires regular brushing, then you might want to also buy a nonabrasive toothpaste or denture paste. Regular brushing with abrasive toothpaste can sometimes dull these items or weaken their seals.

If you have sensitive teeth, you might want to seek out toothpaste containing potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. If you have minor inflammation issues in your gum tissue, you might want to seek out toothpaste containing stannous fluoride.

If you have questions about finding the right brand of toothpaste please call us at 703-878-7883 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment. We look forward to seeing you!