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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day as part of an effective oral hygiene routine. Adding toothpaste to your toothbrush will help make brushing more efficient at cleaning the surfaces of your teeth.

When shopping for a new toothpaste in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, your dentist, Dr. Jaclyn Turnbow, offers these key factors to consider.

When you’re shopping, you should only consider buying a paste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the toothpaste has been researched and tested to meet stringent guidelines for safety and effectiveness in an oral hygiene routine.

Abrasive toothpaste is very popular because it helps remove plaque and residual food particles from the faces of your teeth. A brand with added fluoride also helps strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.

Non-abrasive toothpastes and denture polish are called for to clean dentures. Some non-abrasive toothpastes that are formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth. Non-abrasive toothpaste might also be called for to help freshen and maintain a mouthpiece. This includes appliances like a mouthguard, night guard or snore guard.

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. If your teeth are in need of more potent whitening, you should ask Dr. Jaclyn Turnbow about a dental bleaching treatment.

If you’re looking for a new brand of toothpaste, you can always call Summit Village Dental at 816-287-5650 to seek further advice.