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Toothpaste improves your toothbrush’s ability to clean the surfaces of your teeth. Most common brands include micro-abrasives and fluoride. These simple additives help remove plaque buildup and restore some of the tooth enamel’s mineral strength. At the same time, there are some brands that have additives to address additional dental care needs.

The first thing to look for when shopping for a new brand of toothpaste is the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal represents that the ADA has researched and tested the active ingredients. If it meets the rigorous standards, the toothpaste is recognized for safety and effectiveness in a daily oral hygiene routine.

Whitening toothpaste often has mild concentrations of hydrogen peroxide to help remove surface stains and brighten tooth enamel. Just keep in mind that these mild concentrations of hydrogen peroxide will not be strong enough to remove moderate and deep stains on teeth.

There are some brands of toothpaste that have been formulated to mitigate tooth sensitivity discomfort. While these might provide short-term relief from sensitivity symptoms, you should still seek professional diagnosis and treatment from Dr. David A. Browne.

You might also be interested in a nonabrasive toothpaste, such as denture polish, to clean a removable dental appliance like dentures. This toothpaste might also be good to keep around if you need to maintain a custom mouthguard, night guard or snore guard. Some types of nonabrasive toothpaste are also formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth.

If you live in the McHenry, Illinois, area and you need further advice for selecting a new toothpaste, you can always call 815-344-6811 to seek advice from the staff at David A. Browne, DDS, PC.