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Brushing your teeth twice per day is the best way to remove plaque and residual food particles from the surfaces of your teeth. Adding an abrasive toothpaste to your soft-bristled toothbrush improves its ability to clean teeth. However, mild abrasives are not the only additives that help make a toothpaste effective. Toothpaste with added fluoride can also help strengthen tooth enamel to prevent cavities.

There are other additives and factors to consider when shopping for a new brand of toothpaste. Some are used to address specific conditions and symptoms.

When walking through the oral hygiene aisle, you should only consider buying a brand of toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This proves that the toothpaste has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.

Nonabrasive toothpastes, such as denture polish, are needed to clean other dental work and oral appliances.

There are some nonabrasive toothpastes that are formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth.

Whitening toothpastes are a popular tool for people who want to maintain their white smile between dental cleanings. Most pastes are formulated with a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide. It’s important to note that the concentration of whitening agents will not be strong enough to improve moderate or deep stains on teeth.

If you need help selecting the right brand of toothpaste in Decatur, Illinois, you can always call your dentistx, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Haarman, at 217.877.1742 to seek further advice. Our Central Illinois Smiles team is happy to help you!