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The American Dental Association offers several guidelines and recommendations to help maintain the overall health of your mouth. This includes brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day as part of an effective oral hygiene routine.

Most American households use a toothpaste formulated with micro-abrasives and mild traces of fluoride. This helps to clean away bacterial matter from the faces of your teeth, while also bolstering the strength of your tooth enamel.

At the same time, there are other brands of toothpaste that are specifically formulated to address special dental concerns. To help you find the right toothpaste for your needs, Dr. Richard Cavallaro offers the following insights.

Nonabrasive toothpastes, like denture polish, can be helpful for maintaining a removable dental appliance. While they are often used to clean dentures (or partial dentures), nonabrasive toothpaste can also be helpful for cleaning a mouth guard, dental guard, or sleep apnea device.

Whitening toothpastes are formulated with a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide. These toothpastes help reduce minor surface stains between dental cleanings. More significant dental stains will require a dental bleaching treatment at Lemon Grove Dental Group, Inc.

There are also some brands of toothpaste formulated with potassium nitrate to reduce tooth sensitivity. While this might provide some temporary relief from tooth sensitivity symptoms, you should still strongly consider seeking treatment with Dr. Richard Cavallaro and our dental associates. In many cases, tooth sensitivity is a symptom of another oral health issue.

Before buying a new toothpaste, you should look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo printed on the packaging indicates that the ADA has tested and researched the active ingredients and certifies that it is safe for use in your oral hygiene routine.

If you live in the Lemon Grove, California, area and you’d like further insights on the oral hygiene products your family uses, you can always call 619-569-1925 to speak to a staff member at Lemon Grove Dental Group, Inc.