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When a fluoridated toothpaste with mild abrasives is applied to a soft-bristled toothbrush, it makes the brush more efficient at cleaning away food material and plaque from the faces of your teeth. At the same time, the fluoride additive can also help strengthen the mineral density of the tooth enamel.

There are other brands of toothpaste that have special additives or other formulations that can address a specific dental issue.

With that in mind, Dr. Scott A. Young and the specialists at his, Charlotte, North Carolina, clinic offer these basic insights to help you when shopping for a new toothpaste.

Right off the bat, you should only consider a brand of toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This signifies that the toothpaste has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness in an oral hygiene routine.

Nonabrasive toothpastes, like denture polish, are called for to clean dental work and oral appliances like dentures. You might want to consider keeping nonabrasive toothpaste on hand if you need to maintain a mouthguard, nightguard or snore guard.

There are also brands of nonabrasive toothpastes that are formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth. Toothpaste with fluoride is an extra bonus as it helps strengthen your tooth enamel.

Brushing your teeth with whitening toothpaste can help maintain your white smile between dental cleanings. Most brands 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 live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and you need further advice for selecting a new brand of toothpaste, you can always call 704-541-5900 to speak to a member of our Scott A. Young, DDS staff.