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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day and floss at least once a day. This will help remove plaque and residual food particles before they can affect the health of your mouth. It’s worth noting that there are several different types of toothpaste. Some have been specially formulated to address a specific dental need.

Before selecting a toothpaste, you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo on the package indicates that the ADA has researched and tested the toothpaste’s active ingredients. Only products that meet the Association’s rigorous standards are approved to display the seal.

Whitening toothpastes typically use a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide to help remove surface stains from the teeth in your smile. Just keep in mind that the toothpaste is not strong enough to remove moderate and deep stains on teeth.

There are some brands of toothpaste that are formulated to relieve tooth sensitivity. They often provide short term relief from discomfort. However, if you have sensitive teeth, there may be an underlying problem. So, it’s still wise to have our dentist, Dr. Sanaz Khoubnazar examine your mouth.

You may want to use a brand of non-abrasive toothpaste if you wear a removable dental appliance such as a partial or complete denture. A non-abrasive toothpaste is a good idea if you wear a custom mouthguard, dental guard, or snore guard.

If you live in the Santa Monica, California, area, and you need further advice for selecting a new toothpaste, you can always call 310-829-0808 to seek advice from the staff at Smiles Santa Monica.