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Applying toothpaste to your soft-bristled toothbrush serves several different purposes. A toothpaste formulated with micro-abrasives and a trace amount of fluoride is most common. This helps to scour away plaque and stray food material from teeth while also bolstering the mineral density of the tooth enamel to resist bacterial tooth decay.

While this is the most common form of toothpaste, there are other variations and additives available in stores to help address additional dental needs.

To help you find the toothpaste that’s right for you and your family, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins offers the following insights.

First of all, you should only consider a toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal is reserved for oral hygiene products that have been researched and tested to meet strict guidelines set by the ADA. It certifies that the product is safe and effective use in a daily oral hygiene regimen.

A nonabrasive toothpaste like denture polish can also be helpful for maintaining a removable dental appliance. While they are often called for to clean dentures, or a partial, nonabrasive toothpast can also be helpful for maintaining 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 with Dr. Chet B. Hawkins.

There are also some brands of toothpaste formulated to reduce tooth sensitivity discomfort. While this might provide some temporary relief, you should still strongly consider seeking treatment with Dr. Chet B. Hawkins. In many cases, tooth sensitivity is a symptom of another oral health issue.

If you live in the Houston, Texas area and you’d like further insights on the oral hygiene products your family uses, you can always call 281-488-4242 to speak to a staff member at Dr. Chet B. Hawkins’s clinic.