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Along with dental floss, toothpaste is one of the most important weapons you have in the battle against bacterial plaque. Toothpaste is intended to improve your toothbrush’s ability to remove residual food particles and plaque.

In the long term plaque buildup can become tartar which can cause inflammation in the gums and lead to periodontal disease.
When choosing a brand of toothpaste for your family, look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the product has been researched and tested by the ADA for safety and effectiveness.

Toothpaste comes in many forms include paste, gel and powder. Most toothpaste brands have mild abrasives which help remove your toothbrush to remove food debris and surface stains. Several brands also include fluoride which helps strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay.

Many toothpaste brands have flavoring agents that help make them more appealing to encourage regular use. Sometimes sweeteners like saccharine are used to improve the flavor. No toothpaste that has earned the ADA seal of acceptance contains sugar.

If you have issues with sensitive teeth you might want to seek out toothpaste containing potassium nitrate or strontium chloride.

If you have issues with minor gum inflammation you might want to seek out toothpaste containing fluoride.

If you have questions about the mouthwash your family uses, please feel free to call us at 804-419-5155 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment.