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The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Adding toothpaste to the toothbrush makes brushing more efficient at cleaning the surfaces and contours of the teeth. At the same time, there are some specially formulated brands of toothpaste with additives designed to address specific issues.

If you’re looking for a new brand of toothpaste in Grantsville, Utah, your dentist, Dr. Brian Frandsen, offers these basic insights.

When you’re shopping, you should only consider buying a toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the toothpaste has been researched and tested to meet stringent guidelines for safety and effectiveness in an oral hygiene routine.

Abrasive toothpaste is very popular because it helps remove plaque and residual food particles from the faces of your teeth. A brand with added fluoride also helps strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.

Nonabrasive toothpastes and denture polish are called for to clean dentures. Some nonabrasive toothpastes are formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth. Nonabrasive toothpaste might also be used to help freshen and maintain a mouth piece. This includes things like a mouthguard, night guard or snore guard.

Most whitening toothpastes are formulated with mild concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. This helps remove minor surface stains between dental cleanings. However, these whitening agents will not be strong enough to remove moderate and deep stains that have penetrated the tooth enamel. If your teeth need more potent whitening, you should ask your dentist about a dental bleaching treatment.

If you are considering a new toothpaste and you’d like further advice, you can always call 435-884-3002 to speak to someone at Frandsen Dental.