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The American Dental Association encourages you to brush your teeth twice each day. Adding toothpaste to your soft-bristled toothbrush can improve its effectiveness in removing plaque and food particles from the surfaces of your teeth.

Certain brands and formulas of toothpaste can confer different benefits for your family. Your dentist, Dr. Lois Lee, recommends considering a few things when shopping for the toothpaste you and your family will use.

First of all, you should only consider a brand of toothpaste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the toothpaste has been researched and tested by the ADA for safety and effectiveness.

The most common type of toothpaste has mild abrasive additives, which helps scour plaque and residual food particles from the faces of your teeth. Toothpaste with added fluoride can also help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities.

Nonabrasive toothpastes and denture polish are called for to clean dental work and mouthpieces, like dentures, mouthguards, night guards or snore guards. Some nonabrasive toothpastes are also formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth.

Whitening toothpastes have a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide. These toothpastes help reduce minor surface stains between dental cleanings. Just keep in mind that whitening toothpaste is not strong enough to brighten moderate to deeply stained teeth.

If you need help selecting the right brand of toothpaste in Lynnwood, Washington, you can always call Meadowdale Dental Clinic at (425) 361-0842 for a consultation with your dentist, Dr. Lois Lee. We are a family friendly office and love catering to smiles each day!