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Many people add toothpaste to their toothbrush in order to improve its efficiency at scrubbing food particles and plaque away from the surfaces of teeth. There are also other additive ingredients, that toothpaste manufacturers include to help address specific needs.

When perusing through the oral product aisle, you should only consider buying a brand of toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The seal represents that the product has undergone significant research and testing to prove its safety and effectiveness as part of a daily oral hygiene routine.

A toothpaste with added fluoride is an exceptionally helpful bonus. Fluoride helps to fortify tooth enamel to prevent tooth decay and tooth sensitivity issues.

A nonabrasive toothpaste or denture polish might be called for if you have dentures, or a partial. You might also want to keep nonabrasive toothpaste on hand if you need to maintain a custom mouth guard, night guard or snore guard. Some nonabrasive toothpastes that are formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth.

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

There are also toothpastes for sale that are specially formulated to reduce tooth sensitivity issues. While these might prevent short term relief, you should always investigate the underlying causes of tooth sensitivity. It is often a symptom of another related problem.

If you have questions about the right type of toothpaste for you and your family, you can always call Dr. Gary Cappelletti’s office in Danville, California at 925-837-8564 for a consultation.