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The American Dental Association encourages everyone to brush and floss their teeth twice a day to help prevent cavities and gum disease and to promote good oral health. When brushing your teeth, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Toothpaste improves the brush’s ability to remove food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Certain ingredients and additives in different brands of toothpaste can help you directly address certain issues that you might be experiencing.

Your dentist, Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, encourages you to keep an eye out for a few things when shopping for toothpaste.

When shopping for toothpaste, you should only consider brands that have earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the toothpaste has been researched and tested by the ADA for safety and effectiveness.

Most people find that abrasive toothpaste helps remove plaque and residual food particles from their smile. A brand with added fluoride also helps strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.

Nonabrasive toothpastes and denture polish are necessary to clean dentures. You might also want to keep nonabrasive toothpaste on hand if you need to keep a custom mouth guard, night guard or snore guard in pristine condition. Other nonabrasive toothpastes 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 the teeth.

If you have questions about toothpaste in Studio City, California, you can call Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz at 818-641-5577 and talk to a member of our friendly dental team.