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Brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush is important for an effective daily oral hygiene routine. By adding toothpaste to the toothbrush, it becomes more efficient at cleaning the surfaces and contours of teeth. At the same time, there are some specially formulated brands of toothpaste that have additives designed to address specific issues.

When shopping for a new toothpaste in Concord, Massachusetts, your dentist, Dr. Nicholas Kondon, offers these key factors to consider.

When you’re shopping, you should only consider buying a paste that has earned the ADA 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. Fluoride toothpaste also helps strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.

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

Whitening toothpastes are formulated with a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide. These toothpastes help reduce minor surface stains between dental cleanings. However, they will not be strong enough to remove moderate and deep stains on teeth. If your teeth need more potent whitening, you should ask Dr. Nicholas Kondon about a dental bleaching treatment.

If you have a question about what brand of toothpaste is right for you and your family, you can always call 978.369.9090 to talk to a member of our Nicholas P. Kondon, DMD team.