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Toothpaste is convenient and helpful because it makes the toothbrush more effective at cleaning food residue and plaque from the faces of your teeth. At the same time, many toothpaste brands offer different varieties with special additives. Two of the more common include micro-abrasives, to help scour the teeth, or fluoride, to help strengthen tooth enamel.

There are other types of toothpaste that have special additives to address different dental needs.

It’s also important to remember that you should only consider using a brand of toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This signifies that the toothpaste has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness in an oral hygiene regimen.

A nonabrasive toothpaste might be used to clean a removable dental appliance, like dentures. You might want to consider keeping nonabrasive toothpaste on hand if you need to maintain a mouthguard, night guard or snore guard.

There are also brands of nonabrasive toothpaste that are formulated to help mitigate chronic dry mouth issues. This can help people with sensitive oral tissues.

Whitening toothpaste can help maintain the brightness of your smile between your dental exam and cleanings at Robert P. Sherman. Most brands are formulated with a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide. It’s important to note that the concentration of whitening agents will not be strong enough to improve moderate or deep stains on teeth.

People with tooth sensitivity issues can also find specially formulated toothpastes that are meant to help dull the sensation. Most brands have a higher amount of fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel. Just remember that improving symptoms isn’t considered an effective long-term solution.

If you live in the Leawood, Kansas, area and you need further advice for selecting a new brand of toothpaste, you can always call to speak to Dr. Robert P. Sherman or a member of our Robert P. Sherman team.